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How can we rebuild our fraying social and professional networks?

How can we rebuild our fraying social and professional networks?

You are not alone if your social and professional networks disintegrated during the pandemic. Lockdowns and social distancing measures have reduced people’s networks by an average of 17% in the last year and a half, according to Koray Luis, a professor at the UK college. β€œIn particular, the outer layer of people’s networks, acquaintances and casual contacts, took the brunt of the damage,” King said.

So, how is this affecting people? According to King, “the size of your network has significant implications in terms of your ability to obtain information, innovate, and discover new ideas.” If you are looking for work, for example, you will most likely find it through that part of your network.”

Interestingly, King’s findings revealed a gender imbalance. While men’s networks have shrunk by about 30%, women’s networks have fared much better.

Repairing the networks

It will take time and effort to restore our social networks, but it is doable. β€œBeing present is one of the most basic actions you can take. In an age when we are all so distracted by our phones or Zoom meetings, our ability to benefit from support and connection with those in our own homes can be hampered. β€œThe most effective way to avoid loneliness is to be present with them,” King added.

A second piece of advice is to make contact. β€œWe did that instinctively at the start of the pandemic, but β€˜Zoom fatigue’ has made that difficult since,” she added.

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This article on β€œHow can we rebuild our fraying social and professional networks?” has been compiled by Ansh Kumar Farshwal, London School of Business and Research, UK

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