Social connections are key as the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes our working world.
For some, working from home sounds like heaven. No commute, easy access to snacks and pets, comfortable (if any) footwear. But to others, socialisation in the workplace is something that helps to fuel creativity and problem solving.
Many of us find ourselves working in a very different environment now. Our new challenge is how to keep teams feeling positive and productive.
Let’s not use the term social distancing. Instead, let’s talk about the importance of social connections despite physical distancing. To an employer’s benefit, research from the McKinsey Global Institute shows that productivity is increased by 20-25% in organisations where employees are connected. From a human standpoint, social connections are proven to lower depression and anxiety.