Communication at Work Improves Everything

Image courtesy of Sebastien Wiertz's photostream

Image courtesy of Sebastien Wiertz’s photostream

“What are you working on?”

It’s a simple question that can have big impact. With jam-packed schedules and dozens of to-do’s, some of us might go days at a time focused on just our own work. But it often pays to be curious about what our colleagues are up to.

Here are three recent examples of how communication at work changed our approach to big projects.

1.    The gift that keeps on giving. “What are some current examples of innovation in your product line?”

This was one of those questions in a big RFP that we knew would hold a lot of weight. So to make our response shine, we needed to consult the experts – our print and promotional product specialists. They’re in constant communication with our vendor partners and therefore in the know on the latest market developments.

In addition to showing off some really cool samples, our specialists helped me craft an answer that we’ve since restructured multiple times to fit various programs. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

2.    “I already have that.” One of my co-workers was putting together an education campaign and casually mentioned it during one of our frequent pow-wows. After a few minutes of conversation, a light bulb went off – I had just worked on a similar project with one of our Owners! My co-worker was able to repurpose what we’d already done rather than start from scratch.

The lesson here? Talk with each other. You’d be surprised at how many initiatives connect – even across departments.

3.    Right place, right time. I just happened to be passing by a conference room the other day when a co-worker asked if I was involved in the client meeting there later that afternoon. I wasn’t involved, but I was curious about what they’d be covering. Turns out one item on the agenda was a new vendor offering that was perfectly relevant to a project I was working on that very day. How’s that for luck?

In addition to building camaraderie, periodically checking in with each other helps good ideas spread like wild fire. So next time you need some inspiration, simply ask an office pal what they’re working on and see what happens. After all, communication at work improves everything.

AboutMichelle McCafferty

Michelle joined the Proforma team in 2008. As the Manager of Business Development for Major Accounts, she helps Proforma Owners win new and grow existing programs through proposal and presentation development, as well as periodic Relationship Reviews. Before joining Proforma, Michelle attended Cleveland State University where she earned a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication.

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