With the rise in virtual or hybrid work, research suggests that loneliness is on the rise. According to a recent study, 72% of workers said they experience loneliness monthly. In the context of an organization, workplace loneliness refers to feeling disengaged and disconnected from work and peers. This often leads to individuals seeking employment elsewhere, creating higher turnover for employers.
The reason for workplace loneliness can be explained in the context of emotional and social loneliness. Emotional loneliness refers to individuals feeling the absence of someone to feel close to and connect with. Social loneliness occurs due to a lack of social relationships (i.e. friendships and/or romantic relationships) with whom they can share their interests. The combination of both of these conditions in the workplace gives rise to feelings of loneliness and emptiness.
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Research has shown that loneliness can have dramatic negative effects on teams and organizations due to increased absenteeism, turnover, and healthcare costs. Cigna estimated that loneliness costs US employers over $400 billion a year – and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The good news? You can ensure your employees don’t become a part of these staggering statistics.
In our recent webinar The Virtual Workforce: Managing Loneliness, Dr. Kevin Skinner and Eric Red discussed the ways that managers can effectively combat these issues and create workplaces of meaningful connection, inclusion, and positive mental health – leading to improved employee productivity, happiness, and retention.
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