The way we grow business relationships in Singapore has changed after the start of the COVID. Find out how to navigate these career-building events as they return.
Networking is a fundamental part of the corporate world. It allows business owners and employees to build trusting relationships, explore new opportunities and make friends with like-minded individuals. Yet, as the pandemic brought about seismic changes to virtually every industry, conventional networking methods have lost some relevance for modern workers.
COVID-19 restrictions are easing in Singapore, but the early evidence suggests that many recent changes to the business landscape are here to stay. As the new normal for building business relationships cements itself, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in virtual events and shifting workplace priorities. Here, we explore just a few ways things have changed and what you can expect from an upcoming networking event.
Types of networking opportunities
While the pandemic interrupted many commonplace approaches to networking, such as career fairs and in-person events in Singapore, there was no shortage of ways to engage with others even at the height of COVID-19. In fact, one study found that 7 out of 10 workers said the pandemic increased their networking opportunities. Yet this statistic shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
In the past, you might have needed to find a babysitter or suffer through a long commute. Now, you can simply check into the virtual event through social media like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, which is a viable alternative to physical meetups that could risk one’s health. This increasingly common online approach to networking means businesses are now offering hybrid events that ensure more workers are keen to get involved.
While networking opportunities have changed, so have our general attitudes to work. As more businesses explore shared office space in Singapore through hybrid and decentralised work programmes, coworking spaces provide employees with a great middle ground between their home and a traditional workplace. With Arcc Spaces Singapore rolling out fascinating networking events as COVID-19 measures ease in Singapore, now is a great time to get involved.
How to network effectively
Networking is noticeably different in 2022 compared to just a couple of years ago, yet much of the same advice still applies to the new way of doing things. It doesn’t matter if you’re attending an event in person or virtually, showing up a little early is recommended because it gives you the chance to chat one-on-one with the organiser and other attendees.
Dressing for the occasion also hasn’t fundamentally changed. While some of us have gotten used to working at home in our pyjamas, we should still always dress appropriately for the event, even if it’s held online. When in doubt, ask the organisers about the dress code.
Although networking events are about building professional relationships, don’t be afraid to discuss some of your other interests. Whether that’s your favourite sports team or a hilarious anecdote, sharing a personal story is a stellar way to showcase your personality to new acquaintances.
Adapt to the new business world with Arcc Spaces Singapore
Arcc Spaces Singapore is helping professional individuals and businesses keep pace with the changing nature of work with a selection of luxury coworking spaces and shared offices in Singapore. Situated across the city’s bustling business districts, these dynamic workspaces help your operation achieve peak performance.
From virtual offices to fully furnished office spaces with full concierge service, we can tailor a package to your precise needs. Alongside exciting networking events that instill exceptional knowledge and help you forge strong relationships, our shared offices are perfect for forward-thinking professionals in Singapore. Get in touch with us to learn more now!