I’m joining a new company as a senior frontend engineer in about a week. I've found that people like to work with me; they say I have solid communication skills, am friendly, easygoing, etc. That's the feedback I always get from 360 reviews/1:1 with my manager.
The problem is that I struggle with making "meaningful" connections with people outside my team; I'm aiming to get promoted to Staff in the next 1-2 years or so, and for that, I know that I must connect with people outside my team (among other things). I'm also an ambivert.
I'd like to understand/get guidance about better ways to:
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Good luck as you onboard into the new job! I recommend going through this blog post about the "Talk and Observe" framework for onboarding: https://www.jointaro.com/blog/talk-and-observe-a-framework-for-engineering-onboarding/
Your question is about how to easily talk to your new colleagues, especially those outside your immediate team. I think a simple, straightforward approach is the best here:
You don't need to have much to say! Just be curious.
I'd also recommend meeting up with your coworkers physically if possible. The small moments that happen IRL (walking to lunch, small talk as people come into the office, etc) turn out to be quite meaningful.
Also check out the masterclass for joining a new team.