The changes to working life brought about by the COVID pandemic has taught us a lot about the importance of social connection and social capital at work.
To put it bluntly we need work friendships. Friends who look out for us, friends who we socialise with during and outside of working hours and friends who encourage and support us as we navigate the often stormy waters of organisational life.
Meetings via Zoom and Teams have got us through but they won’t sustain us.
Loneliness is one of the COVID elephants in the room and needs to be tackled.
So I was very pleased when I was asked to contribute to an article exploring this issue and looking at how managers can better support their teams as we move into the next phase of this monumental change to working practices.