Working from Home Connection
Working from home has advantages, including no commute time. But it also has a downside. You can feel isolated from your coworkers and people, in general. According to the American Psychological Association, social isolation does more than cause loneliness — it raises the risk of health problems, too.
If you work from home now or in the future, use these 5 tips to stay connected:
- Check in with your coworkers daily. Share brief chats and texts, being mindful of colleagues’ time.
- Teleconference. Talking virtually in real time when discussing a project can be more productive than email — and help you feel part of a team, too.
- Take breaks outside. Go for a walk, speak to people and enjoy your flexibility.
- Schedule face-to-face time during the week. Meet both non-work friends and colleagues for occasional lunch or coffee. If you work in the same city as your home office, visit in person occasionally and attend company events when possible.
- Join a group that shares your profession or interests. Attend meetings, activities and network.