Cultivating Connections

By Lauren Bland, MD and Michelle Blanda, MD, FACEP

When looking to cultivate your inner circle at a new job, look for quick opportunities to connect with people: coffee or lunch after department meetings, post shift meals or partnering on a new project. Remember, start small and be intentional with your time.

Diversify your connections by getting to know people outside your own generational “label.” Not sure where to start? Ask your parents and some of their friends out to dinner or take a car full of teenagers to the movies. Listen to their stories and recognize their different challenges and triumphs. By consciously tapping into the collective wisdom that is uniquely accessible within these multi-generational gatherings, you might learn anything: from personal snapshots to how to find peace after a seemingly unbearable loss.

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