Ever wanted to meet people in marketing at your company? Or people in the Chicago office? Or people in your office who are interested in playing basketball after work? Or someone looking to mentor a junior engineer?

We all have people we’d love to meet in our companies–for mentorship, for fun, or to help grow our careers. However, as we all know, it’s really challenging to make those connections. In most companies, there is no forum or company program that makes finding the people you’re interested in meeting easy or even possible.

Worksona’s “Connect with Co-workers” features make finding co-workers that match your preferences easy. With Worksona, you have the option to receive the following types of connections with your co-workers:

  • People in certain roles, departments, or offices
  • People who’ve worked on certain projects
  • People who are interested in mentoring or being mentored
  • People who are interested in learning certain skills
  • People who would like to start an interest group
  • People who would like to play sports after work
  • People who went to the same college or worked at the same past company
  • People who’ve been to the same conferences or taken the same courses

The beauty of Worksona is you just tell us the types of people at your company that you’d like to be introduced to, and we do all the searching for you.

If you’d like to make more useful connections at your company, give Worksona a try.

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When I first came out of college, the word I HATED the most was networking. To me it was laden with slimy schmooziness where people used one another for getting what they wanted. Perhaps it was because I had just come out of college and felt I had everything to gain and nothing to offer.

After working for a while and going back to school, the realization struck me that networking was not about squeezing and taking but could be an authentic beginning to new relationships. When I approached it that way, it seemed more palatable and even desirable. As I moved back into a big corporation, I realized how important it was to network, but not in the typical sense. I learned that every person I met within my company was a chance to meet someone new and also find opportunities to grow in my career.

Mitch Joel from TwistImage talks about some simple ways where we can be more effective in our careers. I think his points can easily be applied to your current workplace situation:

Give Abundantly – This means passing on information that you think others would find interesting or be helpful to what they are doing. I shared many links with other teams to help them keep up to date with their industry.

Help Others – Helping others enables you to seize opportunities to not only empower others but also lets other people know that you’re interested in their area, so that when it comes time to expand you can be in their mind.

Relationships – Finding what you need in the workplace to get things done is a lot easier when relationships are in place. Many times, relationships start with just the seed of a conversation watered by giving abundantly and helping others.

Forget the schmoziness when it comes to networking, and bring your true self because that’s the only way networking can get done.

For more reading on networking, check out Networking Insight by Jason Jacobsohn.

–Holly

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Almost every employee has ideas for improvement–of products, of processes, and everything in between. Sometimes employees in big companies know who to talk to to effect change. But often, those thoughts and ideas get lost in the fray, and the innovative idea never comes to fruition.

Worksona discussion forums were specifically designed to facilitate this kind of communication that is often lost within large organizations.

Worksona discussion forums allow people within your company to:

  • share your thoughts and get feedback from others at your company,
  • ask questions and get help from your co-workers,
  • share good articles, links, or websites with your co-workers, and
  • discuss ideas with co-workers who want to start or join an interest group.

Worksona allows employees to connect and help each other in ways never before possible!

Most people would agree networking that within your company is important for career success. But how do you do that? Networker Jason Jacobsohn in an article suggests:

  • Attending company events
  • Helping others
  • Joining a committee

These methods are all tried and true…and have been for decades. But how can web services help? At most, companies usually only have an arcane company directory.

Worksona has developed a service specifically designed to help people who work for big companies network with their company. When you join Worksona, you can:

  • Browse the profile pages of everyone at your company
  • Invite co-workers to join your company network
  • Meet co-workers in specific offices or on specific projects
  • Find a mentor or mentee
  • Meet co-workers interested in starting an interest group
  • Find co-workers interested in playing sports after work

Worksona allows you to find the people you want to meet more powerfully than ever before. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think!