10 Things Your Probably Did Better During Social Distancing: 10 – Using psychology to build effective intimacy

During the Covid19 Lockdown businesses have all had to change and adapt to accommodate social distancing. It has been a stressful and distressing time. People have been under enormous pressure, and things which we previously took for granted suddenly had to stop completely. As the lockdown eased many of the businesses we work with are starting to look at how to return to a new normal. This is a great time to reflect, and before you revert back to exactly how you used to work, there are some things which many business leaders may have done BETTER during lockdown.

This short blog series aims to get you thinking about what social distancing adaptations you might want to keep for the longer term. Some of these may be things which you were great at before, but some might be changes that you’ve noticed, and which you want to take action to preserve.


10. Using psychology to build effective intimacy

You may be aware that there are some conversations which are best not done face to face. Have you ever noticed that you have great conversations with people on a car journey, or when walking side by side? For many people, sitting opposite someone, looking at them directly can make it harder to be truly honest and say what you really think. Whilst technology can feel like a barrier, this can also present opportunities. Many people have told me that one to one conversations via video technology have enabled new levels of honesty and connection. One organisation we support has had record ratings for how productive people felt their appraisals were, despite all of them being conducted via Zoom.

Is this something which is a reality for your business?

If so, what do you need to do?



When change is forced upon us, it can be hard to separate the positive from the negative and the necessary. It can be useful to take a moment and work out whether you have made changes which were necessary, but which should now be kept even when the initial impetus has gone.

What lockdown behaviours are you going to keep?


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