Pick a positive environment
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The most talented people in any industry are in demand and have options where they want to work. “A high-trust environment fosters what some call psychological safety, resulting in a more open and collaborative work culture,” explains Robert Bruce Shaw, managing principal Princeton MCG, a consulting firm in Princeton, New Jersey and author of Trust in the Balance and Extreme Teams. “Research suggests that psychology safety is a key to success particularly at a team level.”
“Trust operates on multiple levels: at a company level in terms of culture, at a team level in regard to the relationships among the members, and at an interpersonal level between two people,” Shaw says. By showing you care about your colleagues, others will begin to trust and a relationship of mutual trust can build. Try one of these 11 non-awkward ways to make small talk.