To get coffee, or to not get coffee? It seems like an easy question, but it was one Sam’s Club associate Suchi Vakkalagadda battled with when she began her career in the technology industry.
"My manager used to call our team and invite us to coffee… It took some time to realize the importance of these coffee breaks," she said. "Whether it was to get coffee or lunch, I never did these types of things and I was missing an opportunity to express myself to my manager," she explained. "He could see my end result but he never saw how I worked through problems to get to the final goal."
After several years into her now over 17-year career in technology, Suchi realized that ‘getting coffee’ was an important networking and communication opportunity.
From then on, Suchi never looked back. Once she became a manager, she decided to take the initiative to get some time with each of her associates individually, whether that was coffee or another way. Even today, in a virtual world, she prioritizes time to connect with her colleagues and learn more about their professional projects and goals. She realized one of the most powerful tools is your voice, and to make it heard.