EMPLOYEE LONELINESS
We are facing a workplace epidemic, and it is currently not a focus point of many organizations. Over 40% of American workers experience employee loneliness and workplace isolation. In this newsletter we are discussing what this problem is, how to identify it and ways to combat and prevent employee loneliness.
HOW DOES THIS IMPACT COMPANIES?
"A person’s feeling of loneliness does relate to lower job performance. In addition, lonely employees were perceived by their coworkers to be less approachable and less committed to the organization. But, importantly, we also find that loneliness is not simply the lonely employee’s problem; it influences colleagues as well as performance outcomes. "

LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY
"Loneliness, says Angela O’Connor, CEO of consultancy The HR Lounge, is a major issue for many workers. “Detachment has an impact, not only on performance but also on confidence, leading to reductions in engagement and performance. It can also lead to increases in turnover where staff seek more meaningful work.”
If you are seeing higher turnover, less engagement, less innovation and less productivity, you may have a detachment problem, says O’Connor."

WORKPLACE ISOLATION
"When telecommuting independently from home or mobile offices, workers aren’t just cut off from interactions that contribute to  Maslow’s foundational need  of love and belonging, they’re also distanced from the  opportunities that being around other people provides. In other words, it’s not the break room parties and high-fives that the remote workforce misses—it’s the  causes  for these celebrations."

HOW TO COMBAT WORKPLACE LONELINESS AND ISOLATION
"The more connected we become (digitally), the further apart we grow (emotionally; socially; even physically). We live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet  rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s . Over  40% of adults in America  report feeling lonely, and research suggests that the real number may be even higher. People spend about a third of their lives at work. Job isolation can have serious, and very negative, implications on both health and productivity. But you can push back against loneliness in the workplace."

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