Plenty of us liftshare to and from the office on a daily basis, but how can the journey actually increase your performance once you arrive? Easy. Put down the coffee and keep these tips in mind next time you hop into your shared commute…
1 Don’t just chat, network!
If your sharer is from a different department, company, or team, your time together is a great opportunity to learn more about who they are and what they do. Having a good relationship with someone personally could come handy in professional terms at a later date.
If you know of anyone else who lives in the same area as you who could do with a lift, why not offer them a seat too? Even if they only join you once, the trip gives a great chance to chat. Less ‘working the room’, more ‘working the car’.
2 Roleplay conversations
Planning on asking for a payrise, or raising a tricky subject with a team member? Providing you and your liftsharer are close enough (or not, which may be better), you can roleplay the conversation together to work through the key points and expore any tangents it could go off on. A second opinion can often bring up new ideas and perspectives that you wouldn’t have considered otherwise.
3 Practise presentations and speeches
If you ever have to deliver public speaking, you’ll know that you can’t beat some solid practise time. Run through your dialogue with your sharer/s and have them keep you on message. Practising with others is a great way to make sure you get in all of your key points, and to gage the interest of an audience. It can also save you considerable time later on, as you can cover off areas that would otherwise result in Q&As.
4 Provide support to your sharers
Sometimes we all need a little rant… whether it be about work, home, family, or friends. Venting a little, and being there to listen when others need to, can stop bad feeling before you reach the office door. Even just singing through a traffic jam can de-stress the situation, so you’re free to get on with your working day without a hint of a bad mood!
5 Hold an informal meeting
Not enough hours in the day? If you have team members living along your route to work, or who can pick you up, ride with them! Travelling together buys extra time either in the morning or after the normal working day ends to catch up. The informal setting of a car rather compared to a boardroom may well mean people open up a bit more and are most honest – and we can all agree, that can only be a good thing.
Good ideas can come from anywhere. Even if others in the car don’t work in the same company or sector, their input could be invaluable. Run your thoughts past them and have them bounce ideas off of you. That next big pitch or product could be sitting in one of your liftsharer’s minds!
Now you know how to ease the stress of your working day using Liftshare, it’s definitely time to find your journey match. Log onto Liftshare.com or your workplace scheme now to register and find others going your way!
Author Lex Barber