Working Remotely? Make Sure You Are Silo-Busting

A number of recent articles have pointed out that  one of the potential negative consequences of the new work-from-home paradigm is that our links to acquaintances and our weak ties may dissipate or be lost. We may no longer have a chat with the barista or the receptionist on the way to the office or bump into a colleague from a different division at the lunch bar and exchange views or share information.

The importance of  “weak ties” was highlighted  by  Mark S. Granovetter who defined that the  strength of a tie depends on the amount of time, the emotional intensity, the intimacy (mutual confiding) and reciprocal services which characterise the tie. His research revealed that we get most of our new and useful information from our weak ties because our strong ties, being closer to us, tend to have much of the same information as we do. On top of this, strong ties take effort to maintain so we can have relatively few of them; weak ties require much less effort so the network is more diffuse and widespread.

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