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Loneliness: A Growing Epidemic in Today’s Remote Workforce

March 28, 2023

Via: HR Hero

While there are differing opinions on the pros and cons of remote and hybrid work, one thing is certain, it is here to stay. According to a recent Gallup Report only 20% of remote-capable employees are working completely on-site.

Remote work has been touted for its many benefits, including a better work-life balance, increased productivity, and reduced commute-related stress. However, it also decreases the opportunities for in-person interactions and can impact behavioral health–mental health and substance use–issues, which can lead to feelings of loneliness, anxiety, increased alcohol and/or substance use, isolation and even despair. It’s important that employers also recognize the potential downsides of remote work and implement ways to encourage employee interactions that help foster a sense of belonging.

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