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OW SERIES: Day 11 – How to offer long-distance support

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Right now we all need support—and would also like to give it to those who are far away from us. However, we are not all created equal when it comes to the kinds of support we offer. Men are more oriented towards task-oriented support (I’ll do it for you); but at a distance during lockdown it becomes more complicated. This is where we can activate esteem support. It’s about offering others the confidence they need to move forward by reinforcing to them: “you’ve always managed in this kind of situation; it’s difficult, but you have the ability to do it”.

Distance does not alter the support you can offer. It just changes the nature of it.

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By Adrien Chignard

Adrien Chignard, Occupational Psychologist, Sens & Coherence

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