Belonging at Work: How to Build [Virtual] Connections

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting


Belonging at Work: How to Build [Virtual] Connections

Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

via Zoom

Part of ATD Maryland's Inspiration and Belonging Series

Remote work is becoming the norm, even more so in the midst of the global pandemic, and staying connected to colleagues has become harder than ever. A lack of connection among employees also negatively affects workplace outcomes. According to a study conducted by Cigna Health, lonely workers are less productive, more likely to miss work due to illness or stress, and more likely to think about quitting their jobs.

In this presentation, Dr. Marisa Franco will share practical strategies to help employees build connections at work. Dr. Franco's four-step IDEA model is based on research and has four components: Initiate, Disclose, Expose, Affirm. Throughout the presentation, attendees have the opportunity to practice IDEA with one another.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the importance of building relationships with colleagues for workplace success

- Learn how to initiate new connections

- Employ new strategies for maintaining and deepening workplace relationships

- Develop deeper relationships with cohort members

- Outline an action plan to connect in the future

Dr. Marisa G Franco (she/her/hers) graduated from University of Maryland with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2017. She is a former professor and a psychologist who has studied connection internationally through a grant from the National Institute of Health. She writes about connection for Psychology Today and has been a featured expert for major publications like The New York Times, The Telegraph, and Vice. She is currently writing a book on how to make friends as an adult, Platonic, signed by Penguin Random House.

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