A Brief Overview:
Loneliness at work refers to the sense of isolation and disconnection that individuals may experience within the context of their work / business environment.
I’m noticing that more of my clients, peers and the questions in the people community is searching for belonging, authenticity, and vulnerability. Big hefty words, which look so easy on the outside, yet I know from conversations that these words don’t feature.
What I’m discovering with clients is this word: disconnection.
There’s a detachment from the business, senior leaders, from their purpose, and work is a means to an end. I can tell you many stories that circle this topic and I feel drawn to do some research.
This feeling of feeling detached can happen to anyone, particular today’s workplace. We can build a future we want to live in, that allows everyone to thrive. It’s difficult to change the environment, but we can change ourselves.
Connecting in a Disconnected World
I know alot of people who disconnect through music, sports such as cycling, the gym workout, listening to a book. There are few I know that disconnect completely and allow the silence.
Silence feels such an alien concept these days. It’s so easy to have noise, and to be connected.
Feeling lonely at work takes the form of a number of things:
Working at home often feels isolated – even for the strongest of introverts. Humans are designed for connection, so find a way that works for you. I sometimes like working in the company of others remotely. I’ve even had a client who took some time to get an idea down on paper so he could take it back to his team.
Meaningful connections – everyone seems to want something these days (a client said to me). Do an audit of the relationships in your life, work, and business. Who drains you. Start here and you can start to look at why.
Poor communication contributes to feelings of isolation and loneliness. The importance of sharing a vision, an idea, the goal, the target is vital for leaders right now. Even when you don’t know what is going on. You don’t need to have all of the answers, that’s what building a great team is about. Listen, watch, learn, communicate. Set an agreement with yourself as to how you want and will show up.
Career satisfaction relates to a satisfying future – constantly working in a detachment way, or in a way that you are putting so much effort in being happy at work, isn’t satisfaction if it’s so draining that it affects your wellbeing. Sometimes you don’t need to quit, you need to redress the balance and work out a strategy that works for you.
I want to include this as a topic for the futures group I’ll be creating next year and understand from everyday people, how we can build a better future. Please complete this anonymous survey. I’d appreciate your help in gathering the data.
If any of this resonates, you are not alone. Loneliness feels such a big word but it doesn’t have to be the elephant in the room. It’s possible to find connection, meaning, and purpose. In my conversations it’s about understand what it means for you and helping you to build the strategies.
Note to Caring Leaders
Oh and this is especially for you if you care. Because people who give a s**t, give everything to their work and teams. Notice when you don’t feel you can disconnect from work, and be clear on the parameters of that connection.