How to work: The pandemic has shrunk our networks, but it’s time to rebuild them

Over the past year, our focus has shifted towards a smaller number of close relationships, but research shows people with strong and diverse networks are happier, live longer and earn more money

11th June, 2021
How to work: The pandemic has shrunk our networks, but it’s time to rebuild them
‘Companies need to play a role in facilitating their employees to become better at networking and helping them with training and support’

As we exit gingerly from the pandemic, there has been little talk of the collateral damage that has been caused by a dramatic shrinkage in our networks. Social Chemistry, the recent book by Marissa King, a Yale University professor, starkly lays out the price that has been paid over the last 16 months.

But there is a twist. Her research found that men’s networks have decreased by 30 per, cent whereas women’s networks haven’t decreased at...

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