Meaningful Work Relationships Working From Home? Yes!

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Meaningful Work Relationships Working From Home? Yes!
Fri, 08-09-2013 - 11:16am
Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Oxford, developed the concept of the "Dunbar’s number", a theoretical limit on the size of the social network that the average human can maintain. His work demonstrates that in primates (i.e. monkeys, apes, and yes, humans) the larger the brain, the bigger the social network. Even in humans, that number is surprisingly small: just 150.
Just like other primates, humans like to engage in grooming as a form of social bonding. Our methods of grooming are a little more sophisticated than picking fleas out of each other’s hair and typically involve hugs, handshakes, smiles, and laughter. Shared humor may be a crucial way in which larger-than-optimal social networks keep it together in the absence of regular physical contact--so if you’re working remotely or in a large team with little personal contact, keep the jokes coming.

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How often do you converse with your colleagues? Do you joke around? Do you just keep it professional?

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I definitely corrospond with my co-workers.  We have an instant messenger program at work that I'm able to use.  Sometimes we talk on there on business issues, sometimes it's personal and we joke around, and sometimes we just let off steam with one another.  There are also a handful of co-workers that I talk to when I'm not working via text, phone, or facebook.

And, if that's not enough socializing I sell Scentsy for extra cash in addition to my regular job, which definitely gets me out there meeting new people and socializing!