two hands reaching out to touch fingertipsHuman Resources offers suggestions to help re-establish ties with people you have fallen out of touch over the past year.

Reconnection subject of message to employees

While many people stayed in touch virtually with their closest friends through pandemic restrictions, casual friendships may have withered.

In a message sent Monday to UWindsor faculty and staff, Human Resources shares tips to help re-establish ties as COVID-19 wanes:

  • Reach out. Relationships require effort; be proactive and reach out to those you have lost touch with to say “hi” and reconnect.
  • Make plans. Plan to get together in person if you are comfortable based on public health guidelines. You may want to start with planning an outdoor activity.
  • Consider the other person’s comfort level. Not everyone has the same risk tolerance; it is a good idea to ask the other person what their boundaries are before making plans.
  • Respect personal physical space. You might be used to greeting a friend with a hug but hold off for now unless you clear it first with the other person.
  • Don’t worry if you are out of practice. The pandemic has forced us to reduce social interactions. It is normal to feel awkward at first.

Read the entire Wellness Tip of the Week.