More than frequency alone, it is authenticity that enables relationships to deepen. Authenticity and trust go hand in hand with vulnerability. When we allow others to see our authentic selves, we make ourselves vulnerable. When we share details about ourselves we extend our humanity. And when our colleagues share details about their own lives we see the humanity in others. Authenticity reminds us that we are all human and allows us to grow closer.
Working remotely has forced a closer level of intimacy as Zoom screens have revealed our homes, our families, and our lives. It is hard not to be authentic – and vulnerable – when someone has a window into an individual’s world. And instead of being a distraction to work, this greater authenticity has made it possible for us to see the humanity in each other and, in turn, to bring us closer together.
In fact, our Human Connection in the Virtual Workplace report found that 61% of respondents voiced that they have become more comfortable with sharing details about their non-work life that may affect their work. And 79% of those individuals believe that doing so has helped them get their work done more effectively.