Why Social Isolation Is Not A New Experience In the Workplace

Many of us around the world are united in our experience of social isolation and social exclusion.

Find out why for many in your workplace is part of their day to day experience

  • We’re having a shared experience
  • For some of us it’s not a new experience
  • A social network is crucial for career success

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode

Informal Social Networks Are Crucial For Career Success

“Research suggests that having an effective informal social network is crucial for career success, a large part of that is because important information moves quickly through this network”

Minority Groups are often excluded from important informal social networks

“Research shows that people from underrepresented groups struggle to benefit from these powerful informal social networks in organisations. They are excluded, they are socially excluded and this explains some of the challenges experienced in the workplace”

Sharing experiences of Social exclusion appears to be ok for some but not others

“Can you guess what would happen if a someone from a minority group spoke publicly at work about how they were struggling with social exclusion or the experience of being isolated? We don’t need to guess, we already know”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper

At the Margins: A Distinctiveness Approach to the Social Identity and Social Networks of Underrepresented Groups

Element of Inclusion Community

How Social Exclusion Can Lead To Social Inclusion

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