As a banking professional working in a busy city, it can be challenging to find the time and opportunity to connect with others. With long work hours, busy schedules, and constant demands, it can often feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to build meaningful connections with colleagues, clients, or peers.
However, building strong relationships with others is crucial for success in the banking industry. Whether you’re looking to expand your professional network, learn from others in the field, or simply build strong working relationships with colleagues, connecting with others is essential.
So how can you find the time and opportunity to connect with others in a busy city banking environment? Here are a few tips to get you started:
Make use of technology:
In today’s digital age, there are countless tools and platforms that can help you connect with others without ever leaving your desk. Consider joining online communities that are not associated with the industry you are in. Build degrees of separation between your online life and the one you lead in the office. There are plenty of online events, where communities join weekly painting programs or writing clubs.
Attend industry events:
Industry events and conferences can be a great way to connect with others in the banking industry. These events offer the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, network with colleagues and peers, and discover new trends and best practices. Make sure to attend events that are relevant to your area of expertise and take the time to engage with others while you’re there.
Meet a Therapist
Sometimes, you may just need to have a confidential chat with someone who has no agenda, other than to listen. Talking Therapy takes many forms. If you are interested to find out more if this is something that would be of interest, do drop a note on the contacts
Schedule networking time:
Just like you schedule time for meetings or other work-related tasks, it’s important to schedule time for networking as well. Set aside time each week or month to connect with colleagues, clients, or peers. This could include grabbing coffee with a colleague, attending a networking event, or simply setting up a video call to catch up with someone in your network.
Volunteer for industry organizations:
Volunteering for industry organizations or associations is another great way to connect with others in the banking industry. By volunteering your time and expertise, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other like-minded professionals, build your reputation as an expert in your field, and contribute to the success of the organization.
Breaking the silence around mental health and encouraging open and honest conversations can go a long way in creating a supportive and inclusive work environment. By prioritizing mental health through connection and promoting employee well-being, bankers can not only improve the quality of life for their workforce but also positively impact the bottom line of their organization. Let us hope that this trend continues and more industries follow suit in recognizing the importance of mental health in the workplace. Connecting with others is essential for our mental well-being.