Nothing stifles the development of relationships and innovation at work quite like continuous proximity. The sense of familiarity of that one colleague always in their cubicle next to yours can, over time, mask what they have to teach you.
For some, it eventually becomes awkward to ask basic questions because of that inner voice within us that whispers, You’ve been working together for one year. Shouldn’t you know where they went to school?
A lack of curiosity feeds complacency, but stoking this curiosity and bringing it to even the most familiar of places can improve you and your team’s energy at work.
You and that colleague who rarely connect between the cubicles likely have much to teach each other, but one of you will need to cross the chasm to find that nothing nurtures the development of relationships and innovation at work quite like continuous proximity.