More people than ever are working remotely, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic but also a more general shift in attitudes to flexible working and work/life balance.
When you are working from home, effective networking becomes more important than ever. Not only can it open new opportunities and help you to progress in your career, but it also prevents the feelings of isolation that are often an issue for homeworkers.
A survey by social media experts Buffer revealed that loneliness was the main drawback of working remotely for 21% of respondents. Virtual networking reduces this by building community and connections.
While networking can happen organically in a physical office, for example during meetings or in the break room, remote workers need to make more of an effort to forge and maintain such professional relationships.
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