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People are lonelier than ever before. In fact, 61 percent of American adults report they are lonely and among Generation Z workers aged 18 to 22, 73 percent report sometimes or always feeling alone. Additionally, since stay-at-home orders began, 75 percent of people say they feel more socially isolated.
Loneliness is not only negatively impacting people’s health but also employee engagement, productivity and loyalty as I highlighted in my recent article, Why Most Employees Are Lonely and Underperforming. Work is a major source of loneliness. Remote working, switching to a new team, eating lunch while answering emails or having no one to talk to on an “off” day can all contribute to people feeling lonely.
When workers feel lonely, they are less committed and less