Creating an environment that is engaging drives a productive culture. That’s what we believe here at Thought Patrol. Here’s an article by the ABC News Team about a recent study by ‘Reventure’ showing that loneliness is having an impact at work. The study has three key findings; A staggering 37 per cent of workers feel lonely at work. The Gig economy, and tech advances are being blamed for people feeling disconnected and that workers will leave jobs as a result.

When Cathryn’s company wanted to save money and close its small office in Adelaide she was given a choice: redundancy or work from home. With bills to pay and a life to live, Cathryn chose the latter. Now the health advice professional sits with her cat and stares at the “same four walls” every day, logging in but checking out.

“There is the option to chat on instant messaging but it doesn’t replace face-to-face [interactions], the laughter and bonding that the office brought,” she said. Cathryn’s story mirrors thousands of others as Australians wrestle with an issue experts say is reaching epidemic levels: loneliness.

Key points:

  • Study finds 37 per cent of workers feel lonely at work
  • Gig economy, tech advances blamed for people feeling disconnected
  • Researcher says workers will leave jobs as a result

With bills to pay and a life to live, Cathryn chose the latter.

Now the health advice professional sits with her cat and stares at the “same four walls” every day, logging in but checking out.

“There is the option to chat on instant messaging but it doesn’t replace face-to-face [interactions], the laughter and bonding that the office brought,” she said.

Cathryn’s story mirrors thousands of others as Australians wrestle with an issue experts say is reaching epidemic levels: loneliness.

A new study has found 37 per cent of all workers feel lonely at work, and that a key driver for this is tech advances that were supposed to make jobs easier or more flexible.

The survey of just over 1,000 employees — conducted by HR think tank Reventure — also found 38 per cent of lonely workers reported making more mistakes and 40 per cent felt less productive.

“There’s no doubt that the current way that we work is essentially driven by our demands around being transactional,” Reventure managing director Lindsay McMillan said.

“Transactional means looking at screens a great deal of our time, more time now than ever before and continuing to rise.

“So our focus into the screen means we’re not focussing to people beside us, on the floor above us or below us.

Dr McMillan said the findings of the study, released this week, complemented earlier work by Reventure that found the gig economy was contributing to a sense of loneliness.

“And the interesting part of it is they will be seeking to go to another job, trying desperately to seek that sense of who they are and their connection,” he said.

“Workplaces can and must take charge to design and implement support systems and structures to reduce — and end — workplace loneliness once and for all.”

‘Befriend an alien’

Loneliness has become a modern obsession of researchers and health professionals.

Experts in the field use words like “epidemic” and “public health crisis”. One team in the US is even trying to develop a pill to combat it.

The 2018 Australian Loneliness Report found one in four Australians reported feeling lonely each week, while world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January were told 40 per cent of those under 25 globally are lonely.

Social entrepreneur Tania de Jong runs programs in the workplace to help employees bond, and said technology was an obvious cause for increased loneliness at work.

read more at ABC.net.au……..