As so many get used to working from home, new feelings may arise about co-workers. Not only has our physical space changed, so has our intimate knowledge of each other’s lives. Harvard Business Review’s Amy Gallo spoke to experts to get some advice on these shifting interpersonal dynamics.
Stanford’s Monica Worline says we must accept that our coworkers’ home lives are now relevant to us. When stressed at the office, we can distance ourselves from other people’s problems. Their childcare situation, for instance, may not have been a concern of ours, but it is now.
Instead of getting annoyed and judgmental, let’s remember that people are generally good and trying to do their best. Our new situation requires us to be flexible and to seek ways to work with others differently.