In the April 2020 article "Dealing with Social Isolation", "Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)", leaders have a responsibility to help reduce isolation in the workplace. They must prioritize social contacts in these never before How serious is the problem of social isolation during COVID19? Respondents to our own survey of the real estate and non-life insurance industry Coronavirus readers identified isolation from employees and staff as the most well-known challenge of working from home (41%). For companies that view telework as an extended or permanent employment strategy, the well-being of some employees ̵
Two years ago, the Center for Workplace Health posted a blog "Loneliness in the workplace can be a high cost to employers. "Warning of the costs of isolation and loneliness t, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.Sc. describes:
- how technology that enables flexible and teleworking contributes to isolation
- the link between isolation, loneliness and health problems
- how a corporate culture of isolation and loneliness can lead to lower productivity and higher health claims for an employer
I line with Dr. Murthy's concern, noted more than half of our own researchers who experience isolation challenge with distraction and 25% noted health problems (diet, sleep stress, etc.). By taking a deeper dive into the survey responses, we found that managers were most affected by isolation (51%) followed by senior vice presidents (45%), underwriters (43%) and producers (39%).
To offer more insight, we have added Cigna's report, Loneliness and the Workplace: 2020 US Report, to our Research & Trends library. This report provides survey data on factors contributing to loneliness, including:
- Satisfaction with personal interactions at work correlated with lower loneliness outcomes (page 11)
- Type of work environment affects loneliness (Remote vs. In Person) (page 12)  Often telecommunications and dissatisfaction with teleworking breed both loneliness (page 13)
- It is lonely at the top – and at the bottom – a look at positions within an organization (page 15)
Taking the pulse of your employees is important and Learning more about their needs now and in the future can change your priorities for your workplace and culture. Have you not mapped your own staff yet? We can help you with a customized version of our survey to meet your needs. You can share the results of our survey as a benchmark against responses from your own employees. Read more here.
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