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045: Social Tightening in a World of Social Distancing

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

045: Social Tightening in a World of Social Distancing


In today’s episode, Thom Singer addresses the topic that is on everyone’s mind right now — the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect it is having on every aspect of life.  The spread of the coronavirus has forced many of us to work from home, bringing disruption to not only how people are getting work done but also to their equally important social connections.  We at the Digital Enterprise Society are here to support you.  Join Thom as he shares several practical ideas that will help you effectively connect with others during this uncertain time.  

On today’s podcast, you will learn:

The “why” behind social tightening in times of uncertainty

  • First and foremost, recognize that every interaction you have is with a human being that is coping with these uncertain times in their own way

  • The epidemic of loneliness started long before the corona virus arrived

  • We are all in this together and we all need each other 

  • Begin with empathy — try to understand how people are personally being affected 

  • Maintain contact with The Big Five 

    • Your family — both in your house and extended family

    • Your friends — don’t let them feel distanced or alone

    • Your work contacts — your boss and coworkers

    • Your clients — offer to help however you can

    • Your community — find ways to serve those who are in need 

Tips for tightening relationships while social distancing 

  • Aim to be more personal and less broadcast in your communications 

  • Schedule regular check-ins with people that matter

  • Take time to send handwritten notes 

  • Initiate a virtual coffee or happy hour meet-up to connect with your social network 

  • Use calendar reminders to dedicate time to connect with people

  • Make a list of 50 people you would like to socially tighten with while socially distancing

  • Be understanding and patient with coworkers if they drop the ball 

  • Actively engage in social media to let people know that you are there for them

Tips for maintaining sanity and productivity at home 

  • Focus on being as productive as you can, within reason

    • Identify a clear start and stop time for each day

    • Communicate your work plan with your family 

    • Have a list of goals and projects you can accomplish during this time

  • Keep up with the news to maintain awareness of the current situation

  • Schedule personal time to maintain sanity — get out into nature

  • Have a family activity every day — eat dinner together, watch a movie, go on a walk


Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek H. Murthy, M.D.

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