Where Did All My Work Friends Go?

The pandemic has forced our work friendships to evolve. Will they ever be the same?

9/21/2021 12:15:00 AM

The pandemic has forced our work friendships to evolve. Will they ever be the same?

The pandemic has forced our work friendships to evolve. Will they ever be the same again? Here, we explore the nuances of our work friendships during COVID-19.

According to aMarie Clairex LinkedIn survey, during the pandemic, about a quarter of women and non-binary respondents moved to a new city or state, where they worked remotely. In addition to the loss of in-person connections with colleagues, these transplants might also be grappling with making friends who live in their new zip code.

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Arielle S., a 26-year-old sales and marketing executive, recently relocated from Florida to North Carolina. While she stayed at the same company, she transitioned from a hybrid model to remote full-time. As she attempts to make new friends, she notes that it's been difficult not to have work friends around as a cushion until she finds"her people." But her work friendships were evolving even before the move.

"I had to make it a point to think,Do I actually care about this person?" she says, referring to a colleague she once considered a close work friend whom she'd grab lunch with."Relationships have definitely been put on the back-burner with the, 'Oh, by the way, how was your weekend?' rather than a direct conversation that emphasizes I care about what's going on [in this person's life]." headtopics.com

Interrupting our seemingly never-ending to-do lists to sidebar about what we did over the weekend or what we think about Olivia Rodrigo's album has become, quite frankly, exhausting.Thereareways to make real connections, even through a screen, though it's not always easy. As a disabled person, Kristen Parisi, 36, has had to

develop virtual relationshipsthroughout her career. Parisi, who has used a wheelchair since the age of five, had trouble connecting with her coworkers when she was the only one who worked remotely part-time. (Something she did because a lack of transit accessibility made it difficult for her to commute to work every day.) Back then, in 2014, Slack wasn't popular and neither were video calls, so she defaulted to Yahoo! Messenger, which nobody really used either. She can relate to the isolation that many people feel today—the inability to"click" with coworkers virtually, especially with the added layer of

exhaustion and burnoutfrom the pandemic. Still, Parisi is doing her best to make those connections while her and her team work remotely."I have a coworker I pinged on Slack one day and I was like, 'I always notice you dress so nicely on these Zoom calls and I'm in crappy T-shirts, where do you do your shopping?'" Parisi recalls."It started from there and very quickly evolved into a friendship with this person I've never met. The majority of our friendship is over Slack."

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