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How to Combat the Rise of Workplace Loneliness

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How to Combat the Rise of Workplace Loneliness


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Would you choose a high-paying job where you felt shunned by your co-workers – or a lower-paying job where you felt welcomed and accepted?

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Feeling lonely at work? Most people believe that work isn’t the place for feelings; just show up and get the job done. If you’re in management, your job is to keep people focused on the task at hand. Their personal stuff isn’t your business, right? Wrong. According to a TotalJobs survey, 25% of people who felt lonely at work ended up quitting their jobs. This summary shares tips from Mind, a mental health charity that partnered with TotalJobs to discuss remedies for workplace loneliness. getAbstract recommends these tips to leaders in companies that value healthy employees.


According to a study from TotalJobs, three of five people feel lonely at work. Of this majority, 68% say that workplace loneliness heightens stress levels and 56% say it harms their sleep. Workplace loneliness may also be responsible for five sick days per lonely employee per year. Loneliness, mental health and productivity are all related. Research from Deloitte suggests that every £1.00 [$1.31] invested in employee well-being returns anywhere from £1.50 to £9.00 in benefit to the employer. Managers who want engaged, productive and loyal employees and staff who want to support lonely co-workers would benefit from heeding the following advice...

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Emma Mamo is head of workplace well-being at Mind, a mental health charity.

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