With remote-working becoming the hot topic of the business world, one thing that also has made presence is the loneliness issue. Initially, most workers wanted remote-working by choice, but now, in all likelihood of an extension of work from home culture, employees are becoming paranoid about it. It poses a threat of disconnection for oragnisations.
Less, if not absent, social interaction has given birth to the loneliness issue. And, it has made a dent on the employers’ productivity level. Therefore, HR leaders will have to prioritise the task of maintaining a sense of connection and emotional support.
Sensing the Problem
Dropping productivity, lack of focus, and negativity can be signs that something is not right, and loneliness can be a causal factor. However, HR leaders need to remember that different people require different levels of social interaction. Hence, they will have to reach out to every individual employee. Identifying the staff, who are or can be suffering from loneliness issue, is beneficial for taking remedial steps.
Create Open Environment
HR departments should encourage managers to become role models. If managers are self-aware and open about their own challenges, employees will also get motivated to speak up for all the issues they are facing. It will help to create a culture of openness, where feelings of loneliness can also be brought up.
Employees should know about any resources they can access. So, if in case they start recognising that disconnection is impacting their wellbeing, they could ask for help. And, HR departments must equip managers to be ready to support their staff in different ways as well.
Employees must be encouraged to set up their own chit-chat place, where people can grow their social network within the organisation. Having strong networks is one of the ways in which employees can feel connected and also look for help in any adverse situation.