Since the time of COVID-19, remote work is becoming more and more popular. In fact, 75 million U.S. employees, or about 56% of the workforce in the United States, have a job that allows them to work from home. However, working from home isn’t always sunshine and roses. Unfortunately, this can lead to an overwhelming sense of loneliness, as a number of people say that not having the camaraderie of their coworkers is one of the top drawbacks of remote work. Networking, even from home, is one of the ways that can help alleviate some of the feelings of loneliness.
Join LinkedIn groups
LinkedIn is one of the best social networking sites for people who are looking for jobs. However, that’s not all the platform is used for. This social media platform also houses a number of groups that can help you connect with like-minded people. Whether that’s by profession or location, even personal interests or passions, there’s always going to be a group for you.
Join an alumni network
If you’re looking for new networking opportunities, look no further than your alma mater. LinkedIn or FaceBook alumni groups are at your disposal, so connecting with people who went to your college or university is as easy as the click of a button. Besides that, you have a built-in conversation starter with the people in your group. Your intimate knowledge of the college you’ve gained over the years of attending the school can help you chat about traditions, sports teams, and even the classes you took! This can be a great way to build good relationships, either professional or personal.
Attend virtual networking events
Professional networking doesn’t stop, even during these trying times. Digital events are becoming more and more popular, letting thousands of people attend from the comfort of their own homes. Attending virtual networking events is a great way to meet and connect with new people while also staying conscientious about the underlying issues concerning COVID-19.
Go into the office
If you’re one of the employees whose business shifted to a remote business style during the pandemic, it’s only natural that your business is slowly going to open its office again. This can be a great opportunity for people to finally reconnect with their co-workers face to face. This isn’t to say that you have to return to a 5-day in-office work week. Going in once a week, once it’s safe, can push you out of your comfort zone and can even have a number of benefits. You can meet your new co-workers for the first time or catch up on some much-needed time with your friends from work.