Dawn Dugan specializes in writing books, articles, white papers, reports and special communications for the human resources industry. She is the co-author of Effective Executive Compensation, which was published by AMACOM in 2008. Read more...
You know what they say about all work and no play. But how often do you cut it up with your co-workers and colleagues? Socializing with co-workers isn't just fun and a good stress-reliever, it also provides some less obvious work-related benefits, according to Kerry Patterson, co-author of The New York Times bestseller "Influencer." Patterson says people who are successful in their careers share something in common: they are well connected to others within the organization.
Socializing with co-workers allows you to build respect and likability, better understand the personalities of co-workers, contributes to feelings of teamwork and expands your network within the organization. Summertime---with its longer daylight hours, carefree attitude and increased access to the outdoors---is the perfect season to maximize your mingling.
This article explores 10 ways to enjoy what's left of summer with your co-workers and colleagues before fall arrives.