It’s difficult to think about socializing during a time like this, but the importance of it can be vital to your well-being. As soon as the office shut down and you began to work from home, you cut off most of the casual interactions you are used to having. Not only did it help you not be lonely, it also helped break up the monotony of the workday. You tend to forget how important those interactions are until they are no longer part of your everyday.
The best way to combat this lack of socialization is to talk with your co-workers every day. This can be done through video conferencing, emails, phone calls, or even texts. If you are used to having conversations with your co-workers, keep that up.
During breaks or lunch (and you need to remember to take these types of breaks even if you are working from home), call a co-worker and discuss how the day is going or what they might be doing for the weekend. Always set up a time to chat.
If you are a supervisor or manager, set up morning video calls to the whole department. Don’t just discuss work, make sure to let everyone talk about what’s going on with them in their world. This helps ease anxiety about the current situation and lets them share something important to the group. You can even do one-on-one check up’s on each of your employees throughout the day. Reach out and make sure your employees are ok.
As the world changes, it’s never been more important than to reach out to one another. We may not be able to meet face-to-face for dinner or to socialize, but we can Facetime, Skype, or Zoom. I know of a group of co-workers who ‘get together’ via Zoom for a happy hour every week. They say it’s helped curb the loneliness and allows them to relax and enjoy each other’s company in a whole new way.