The coronavirus has not only changed how and where we work for many, but it has also impacted the relationships we have with coworkers. The days of chatting around the water cooler are a distant memory as people work from home. Online teleconferences aren’t the same for building friendships. In a recent survey, 70 percent of employees said friendship is the most important element of a happy work life. When workers aren’t satisfied, we know the quality of their work is reduced, and people feel lonely.
A 1983 study performed by Future Workplace and Virgin Pulse, found that 70 percent of employees claimed friendship at their job was the most important element of a happy work life.
But there are some things you can do to build a feeling of camaraderie even while you and your colleagues only see each other on teleconferences.
In his book, “How Leaders Can Build A Connection In A Disconnected Workplace,” Adam Smiley Poswolsky has some novel ideas. He suggests that you institute “Grateful Mondays,” where workers share something they are grateful for, or “Storytelling Fridays.”
Besides those kinds of novel games, consider providing more video conference opportunities rather than an increase in emails.
If that is not enough, you might consider donning a mask and working from a coffee shop or your local library. The change of scenery will help, and at least there will be people around you.
If you have been working from home, how do you prevent the feeling of isolation? Post a comment below.