It's good to Talk...How to deal with Loneliness

Loneliness can have an overwhelming impact on how well we perform in our roles at work. Feelings of hopelessness and low self-respect can lead to collapse in efficiency and mental block, augmented by plummeting levels of contact as businesses rely more and more on faceless communications such as emails and messages.

 

Although sticking to the advice is essential in the current crisis, staying at home with limited human contact can have a significant impact on our mental well-being – and in particular, feelings of loneliness.

 

US social neuroscientist John Cacioppo describes humans as “obligatorily gregarious” and suggests that if we were designing a human zoo, a note should be added “do not house in isolation”.

 

Of today’s employees, Generation Z and Millennials are the most impacted – nearly 50% report feeling isolated.

 

 

YOU’RE NOT DESERTED

 

Being lonely at work, is not an individuals issue to deal with themselves; it most certainly lies with the organisation to deal with this growing problem especially as remote working becomes more normal and common for the majority of many businesses.

 

 

KEEP IN TOUCH…It’s Good to Talk

 

Organisational culture is crucial to preventing workplace loneliness. Face-to-face interaction is still one of the best ways to build a sense of connection among employees.

Companies that urge a policy of daily calls with employees, as well as social gatherings whether virtual or in-person, will build strong connections between teams and a sense of camaraderie among the workforce.

 

 

Maxwell Stephens ARE HERE TO TALK…

 

To keep loneliness among remote workers at bay, business leaders should ask employees to hold virtual meetings each week, speak to a certain number of people on the phone and encourage at least one or two days of work at an office or nearby third space to help build lasting relationships.

 

Craving interaction at work?  Just need a chat? Need some free advice? Want to book a Virtual Zoom meeting with our Managing Director?

 

Do make contact and we will happily speak to you to see how we can help and make the right connections for you…

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Although there may still be a level of uncertainty around returning to the workplace, however it is apparent that things are starting to move in the right direction. In the coming weeks and months we may start to see a gradual return to the workplace for many people, and FM professionals are going to play a huge part in getting the UK ready for work again. From social distancing guidance to advanced cleaning procedures, providing a safe and efficient workplace will be a daunting task for even the most skilled FMs out there.

 

The team at Maxwell Stephens have put together this guide to provide key decision makers in businesses an overview of the primary areas to be considered as they prepare the workplace for repopulation in a new, post-lockdown world. 

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