Helping each other professionally as the world changes.
Many of us are more inclined to reach out to others these days. We want to check in, maybe commiserate, or perhaps try to lift a spirit or two. Social media seems purpose-built for the pandemic; LinkedIn feels different. Our work personas tend to be more reserved and less likely to reach out on a personal basis.
But if you have the time or energy, the pandemic is a good excuse to reach out. Not in an overly familiar way, but to express the concern you undoubtedly feel for your colleagues and contacts.
We may know one another from work, but we are still people, and we appreciate kind gestures. As Maya Angelou famously said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Ways we can support each using LinkedIn.
- Connect with newer colleagues by sending them a personalized invitation.
- Check out an old colleague whose company or work you enjoyed. Comment on or like one of their posts.
- Support your courageous self-employed connections by sharing their visibility. Comment, like, or share an article they’ve written, for example. Or endorse them for a skill. Or give them a testimonial. Every little bit helps for people working for themselves.
- And finally, if you have health care workers in your network, thank them in a LinkedIn message.