A study that analyzed anonymized employee-level (email, calendar, etc.) found that the sudden shift from the office to remote work resulted in a silo’ing effect—employees spent more time with strong ties and less time with weak ties from December 2019 to June 2020.
This is presents a challenge as weak ties are important for dissipating information and ideas in an organization.
- From the paper The effects of remote work on collaboration among information workers
- Remote work creates fewer weak ties
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The removal of the average weak tie does more damage than the removal of the average strong tie when it comes to diffusion of information in a social network. Often the shortest and only connection between different nodes in social network are weak ties.