2. Pull up an image of your pet or a vacation you took
If you’ve chatted with your boss about a trip you took, your cat or dog you adore or a cool activity you did, show them a photo. It’s a fun and quick way to show your personal side and connect.
While you certainly don’t want to overshare or do this too often, sharing an image of your dog, your weekend trip to a waterfall, or the half-marathon you just ran could spark conversation and show your boss that you’re friendly.
But be careful when doing this. Don’t pull the images from your Snapchat or private Instagram account, as you want to keep your personal life separate from your professional one. And while this should be a given, make sure the photo is appropriate, i.e. no images with alcohol or swimsuits.
And please, put the image in a separate folder on your phone if you’re worried about accidentally swiping to an inappropriate photo.
3. Bring a fun food into the office
If you visit somewhere interesting, either abroad, in a different part of your state or even know of an interesting food store near you, bring a treat back for your team.
At CNBC, people have brought all sorts of interesting treats including sweets from Europe and candied bugs from Asia. But the food doesn’t have to come from abroad, one of the biggest hits at our office was a bag of incredibly spicy chips a reporter brought from one specific New York City bodega.
The trick is to bring in a food with a story behind it that you share with your boss and your colleagues. Is it a unique snack from a cool place? Did you get it while on an interesting weekend trip? Share the story with your team members.
While you don’t want to be your boss’s friend, these three strategies can strengthen your professional relationship and make work more fun for you.