While the wholesale shift to hybrid work has had many benefits, it has also reduced everyday social interactions between colleagues.
There are fewer opportunities for casual corridor chats, grabbing a coffee or a bite to eat, or attending after-work events.
However, it is these small social acts, on top of career performance, that can be essential to career progress, says workplace psychologist Dr Amanda Gordon.
“If you’re not socialising, you’re not going to grow as a person. That’s going to impact your career,” says Gordon, who is the founder of Armchair Psychology and past president of the Australian Psychological Society.
When people make personal workplace connections, they are no longer “just a face on a video call or a photo in the staff directory”, Gordon adds. People are more likely to support a colleague’s professional growth if they know them personally.
“While you might hear of a promotion or project that interests you, it’s often your connections with people that will make the difference.”
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