You develop really close relationships with the people you work side by side with, then an opportunity comes along, or a reorganization, or for some reason you or they move to a different group and you never see them anymore.
If you’ve developed a good friendship, it doesn’t take much effort to stay connected. It could be months or even years later that you might run into them again and you would pick up right where you left off, it could be just like old times. It’s always fun to see old friends.
What I’m suggesting is that you make an effort to make that happen, instead of it happening accidentally.
Every few months, or year, or whatever time period makes sense for your level of friendship, send your friends an email, or give them a phone call, or just show up at their desk and say “What’s up? How’s it going? How’s the family?” Maybe even take them out to lunch.
Reconnect and reminisce. It’s so much fun, but it’s also very valuable and develops good grootship. Not only will you find out about how they’re doing, but you’ll learn what’s happening in the old group, who’s doing what (did that one guy ever retire?), or how the company is working in that area.
This strengthens your connection, so in the future, if you ever need some information or help from that part of the company, you can just call up your friend and say “Do you know about…?”
This is easy, immediate, and free information or access that happens so much faster than filling out some form, or following a process, or calling a bunch of different people to find the right person you need.
Trusted networks are powerful. It’s how things can get done fast in a large company. So strengthen your network by staying connected, over long time periods. You never know when you might need someone’s help, or when you might be able to help someone else.
Besides, it’s fun.