The office grapevine gets a bad reputation because it’s often associated with gossip or rumors. However, it’s also an excellent source of critical information. It all depends on how you use that intel.
Do you know when the budget for raises is finalized? Are you aware of succession plans for management? Do you know how much discretion managers have when it comes to perks for their team?
Knowing these tidbits helps you know when to make your case for a promotion, how to position yourself for opportunities, and how to help your manager help you. Set aside any judgment you may have regarding the grapevine. Stay plugged in in order to do your job most effectively.