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Each month will highlight interesting careers related articles and useful course


The Harvard Business Review hails new research confirming ‘The Power of Work Friends.’ Researchers have concluded that close friendships in the workplace are fundamental to increased productivity and wellbeing. With connections an essential part of being human, this is not too surprising; but bosses should take note. Work friendships declined over Covid, which impacted our already adversely affected social situation. As the research demonstrates, culture that cultivates friendship at work, whether that is remotely or in person, will reap the benefits. The evidence confirms strong social connections improve retention rates and encourage greater personal investment in the business succeeding.

New research highlighted in The Conversation has reaffirmed the benefits of joining a women’s business network for your career. Creating a safe space to share career highlights and setbacks, women’s networks encourage connections and allow women to establish their commonalities. With a culture of supporting each other and normalising experiences, women feel empowered to adopt a growth mindset personally and professionally. As a mentor, supporting someone in their career drives engagement and success for both parties.

This FutureLearn course explores the neuroscience of networking and the need to build a strong network of women to support and encourage your growth. The art of making meaningful connections is demystified; you will explore your own network in order to expand it exponentially. 

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