October 26, 2020
Earlier this month, the Alliance had the privilege of hosting Dr. Beth Schinoff, Assistant Professor in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, at our Alliance U to discuss: Mind the Cadence: A framework for navigating virtual work relationships.
At our program, Dr. Schinoff, discussed the framework of relational cadence, the extent to which people feel like they can anticipate when and how interactions with colleagues will go in a virtual world. She discussed the importance of coworker friendship and how now, more than ever, relationships are more difficult to maintain virtually.
Since relationships are what help keep us engaged in the work place, it is crucial for us to figure out a way to maintain relationships in today’s virtual world.
Beth discussed the two different types of cadence: Work-related vs. Friendship-related and the importance of building both (multiplex cadence) especially now to ensure employees feel comfortable and cultivate good work:
From Beth’s presentation and case study deep dive, she shared the following important insights:
What we can do with our employees to help maintain our relationships the best we can:
Set the stage: Simulate “water cooler” moments
Open calls a few minutes early and leave them open a few minutes after –perhaps with a less work-related question. Don’t record during this time.
Can you meet in [socially distanced] person?
If so, take advantage of the time together to build more personalized relationships, especially early-on in person
Be deliberate in your own interactions
Ask how your colleagues are before getting down to business
Thank you Beth for your insight and research on this relevant topic!