Have you experienced a desire for connection, or feelings of loneliness, over the past few years? Feelings of loneliness among employees are on the rise with 72% of global workers suffering from it. This sense of isolation is contributing to a real and growing mental health problem that affects both individuals and organizations.
In this episode, Ryan Jenkins author of Connectable shows how tackling the issue of worker loneliness head-on can transform an isolated workforce into one that’s happier, more engaged, and more productive. Ryan sheds light on what’s causing today’s loneliness, the role inclusion plays in solving it, and how you can decrease loneliness and increase belonging, engagement, and performance with employees at every level―including yourself.
Destigmatizing loneliness because it’s a universal human condition. We experience it all the time and it’s not shameful. It’s in fact useful. It’s our subtle cue that we need to seek and forge and nurture our connections.
Loneliness is not the absence of people. It’s the absence of connection.
How do we strengthen connection? That could be a connection with oneself, colleagues, the work itself, the organization, or the culture.
Belonging is not our most urgent need, it is one of humanity’s most significant needs.
If we can’t create a greater sense of belonging then workers are less likely to be engaged at work. They’re five times more likely to miss work due to stress or illness. And they think about leaving their employer twice as often.
Well-being is boosted even if we have a small connection.
One of our core needs is to link with others. What is the LINK four-step framework that keeps us connectable?
We don’t have to talk openly about loneliness, but there are subtle things that we can do that can spark more genuine connections.
The definitive answer to a long and healthy life (according to the longest study of adult development ever conducted) is quality relationships.
We’re all in this loneliness journey together because we all experience it. Subtle behavior changes are all it takes for us to start drawing each other closer to one another.
We can connect with other human beings regardless of role, position, or status, and it’s necessary for our health and the health of our organizations and teams to be connectable.