Making Friends While Working From Home
As the pandemic pushes people out of their offices and into isolation, many corporate workers have turned to working from home (WFH). In a world where corporate culture consumes our lives– professional, personal and social—those who must work from home lost a large part of who they are. According to the U.S. Census, those who did not switch to working from home have significantly better health than those that did transfer to working from home. The lack of face-to-face interactions with our co-workers and others can make it difficult to maintain relationships or spark new ones. However, there are ways to remain social even while keeping a distance. Keep reading to learn more about making friends while working from home.
Do Work Together
Working online allows you the freedom to work from wherever you want, so why not make that in the comfort of your friends? Whether it is at your own home, a coffee shop, or a local park, invite a fellow WFH co-worker or friend to work together. Having a friend around can eliminate feelings of isolation or loneliness while working, and can even help you spark new ideas.
Happy Hour at Home
While out of the office, many in the corporate world socialize and discuss business over happy hour. However, those who work from home can no longer participate in making closer connections with fellow co-workers in a social setting. A way to bring your work community together is to host a happy hour cocktail party in your home. With some fun drinks and snacks, there is no doubt that your co-workers and friends will be able to comfortably create new connections.
Start a New Hobby and Join an Online Group
Working from home typically leaves one with more free time than usual which can make it easy to dwell in loneliness or boredom. However, starting a new hobby can help keep you busy while enabling you to make new friends. Easy hobbies to learn at home include knitting, painting, fitness, gaming, and more. Many online groups exist for people who share similar interests to help you make like-minded friends. Spinnr Squads allow you to join groups of people looking for new friends in their area based on specific interests. Having (virtual) support from friends while learning a new hobby will make the process more fun and easier.
Though working from home can change the way making friends typically looks like, these tips can help make people feel more comfortable around you amidst isolation. Working from home may present itself as a hardship, however, it can open doors to new possibilities of networking and making new connections.
If you’re working from home, how do you stay connected with your friends? Let us know in the comments below!