Loneliness occurs when there is a sense of inadequacy surrounding the relationships we have.
People can have others all around them, but a lack of depth and quality to relationships or a feeling that they have no one to connect to can leave them feeling lonely. Feeling a lack of emotional attachment to anyone at work could leave employees feeling lonely.
When a recruitment firm boss from Canterbury assessed his life, he realised something was missing – friends. You can hear his story about the lack of meaningful relationships at work here.
There are key points in people’s lives when they can feel lonely, many related to employment. These include:
- Starting a new job or working with new colleagues
- Remote or shift working
- Reduced opportunity for engagement with colleagues caused by workplace factors such as workload, new technology, or changes to the workplace layout
- Work absence (e.g. maternity/paternity leave, caring responsibilities, illness) reduces the opportunity to engage in work-based activities and interact with colleagues
For a candid snapshot of loneliness from a young working man who struggles with feelings of loneliness, this BBC video gives an insight into how loneliness can affect someone’s mental health and day to day life.