Loneliness at work – tools and resources
Here are links to tools and resources to help tackle loneliness at work.
Loneliness is bad for our physical, mental and emotional health. Loneliness leads to increases in blood pressure, anxiety increases and rates of depression increase.
Loneliness at work is no different. If we want a high performing team, we need a team that’s connected.
The under-appreciated role learning professionals play in connecting people
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Loneliness defined – Australian Coalition to End Loneliness
The Australian Coalition to End Loneliness has a plethora of tools, resources and research on loneliness.
“Loneliness occurs when the quality of our relationships are felt to be inadequate. It can occur even if we are surrounded by people, as well as when we are socially isolated.”
Loneliness at work impacts our wellbeing
Understandably, loneliness at work impacts our wellbeing. We have a human need to belong. If we’re lonely we don’t feel that we belong and we don’t feel connected.
“Connections at work matter, not just for us to perform at our best in our jobs, but also for the wellbeing of our life in general. Professional development and career conversations provide the opportunity to improve wellbeing by connecting us to our colleagues through conversations that matter.”
Career conversations provide a powerful to have conversations that matter. A way to generate real connection in the workplace.
Australian Loneliness Report 2018
In 2018 the Australian Psychological Society and Swinburne University completed the Australian Loneliness Report. One of their key findings was one in four Australian adults reported feeling lonely for three or more days in a week.
American Psychiatric Association – Centre for Workplace Mental Health
“Loneliness has a significant effect on work output, limiting individual and team performance, reducing creativity and impairing reasoning and decision making.”
They have identified four factors that can exacerbate loneliness:
- Teleworking – employees working virtually may feel cut off from the rest of their team.
- Introverts and Extroverts – introverts working on a team of extroverts may feel like they cannot get a word in edgewise. Whereas, extroverts surrounded at work by introverts can find it difficult to form workplace relationships. Also, working in quiet or solitary environments can be uncomfortable for outgoing extroverts yet the ideal environment for introverts.
- Personality Differences – office misunderstandings are common; but if not resolved, feelings of resentment may develop into something deeper, eventually leading to self-imposed isolation.
- Lack of social support – employees may exhibit signs of mental sluggishness that impairs productivity, stifles creativity, and hinders decision-making.
Centre for Workplace Mental Health
Loneliness explained and a solution to loneliness
Baya Voce explains what loneliness and shares a solution to loneliness – finding the anchor of connection through something you already do.
If we think about the workplace, we can often fall into the trap of believing that we need to do something to fix a challenge. When in actual fact, we may just need to return to what we already do and fully commit to what we’re doing.
One way of overcoming loneliness is to re-connect with people we like
Re-connecting with people we like has benefits for our career. Not only is talking to people we like good for our career wellbeing it is creates opportunities for our career. Visibility leads to opportunity!
3 steps to building connection and overcoming loneliness
Career conversations provide a powerful way to build connection in the workplace.How to build connection