Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Working in a large corporate company can feel as large or as small as you make it. You are smart to want to meet other people and expand your network.
If your company has employee resource groups, joining one, or more, is going to be the easiest way to meet new people. Employee resource groups are typically comprised of members across all departments and includes employee's at all different levels.
Another option is to join a Toastmasters group, book club, or common interest group, if your company offers any of these. Or, if your company offers any training courses, take these. It could be anything from an instructor led Excel course to a public speaking training. You could also join a local young professionals group. Chances are, there will be someone else in the group from your company.
Another easy way to get involved is by participating in community service. If your company offers any type of volunteering or fundraising, take part in it.
Lastly, another way to expand your network is to strike up a conversation with someone you don't know in the cafeteria or coffee shop. Don't be afraid to break out of your comfort zone and reach out to people to have a networking discussion just to learn more about their position. This is a great way to break the ice while also learning about other areas of the business.