Maintaining work friendships in a virtual world

Reach out from your virtual bubble to stay connected with colleagues while in lockdown
by Bethan Rees

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Having friends at work can be beneficial for many reasons, including productivity, creativity and a happy working life. But how do you maintain work friendships when employees are working from home?

Where there's a will ...“Humans are inherently social creatures, so this change has thrown off more than a few of us,” writes Elizabeth Gulino in a Refinery29 article. But it hasn’t stopped us from socialising, rather it has thrown up opportunities to do so in different ways, and to create friendships and reconnect with others.

Gulino quotes marriage and family therapist Moraya Seeger DeGeare, who says, “Believe it or not, now there are opportunities to have much more intimate connections because you’re being more intentional … I find that a lot of people are having much more intense friendships.” DeGeare explains that there’s a “community feeling” at the moment as a result of Covid-19.

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Published: 07 May 2020
Categories:
  • Fintech
  • Soft Skills
  • Management/Training & Competence
  • Community
Tags:
  • lockdown
  • Covid-19
  • work friendships
  • working from home
  • mental health

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