The Importance of Weak Ties (Not Strong Ties) in the Workplace

  • Often times, strong ties have access to the same network and the same people and resources that you have access to. So if you need help with something, a strong tie isn’t necessarily the best place to go to.
  • Weak ties—friend of a friend, or a casual acquaintance—can be used as a bridge to connect you with the people and resources.
  • Collaboration technologies make it easier to take advantage of weak ties to get your job done.