Throughout February we have been exploring the issue of office loneliness – the impact of being lonely at work, signs that your colleagues might be suffering from loneliness and tips from organisations and entrepreneurs for building a happy workplace.
To round off our Loneliness in the Workplace month, coach and training consultant Katie Duckworth kindly agreed to author a guest blog for us. Here she shares her experience of office loneliness, and her expertise on how employers can support their workers to feel less lonely and isolated in their work.
This year we provided a Smart TV to Solihull Life Opportunities, a Solihull-based charity which provides social and leisure activities to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities. In October Tim went to visit SoLO to see how their new equipment was making a difference. On the day that he visited the young service users were enjoying an Italian Day: they cooked pasta for lunch, made flags and tested their knowledge of Italian geography and culture with a quiz. The new equipment was used throughout, from looking up how-to cookery videos to listening to Italian music and showing the answers to the quiz.
Loneliness is a hard thing to talk about. We all experience break ups, bereavement, illnesses and changes in work or hometown during our lives, and these things can sometimes leave us feeling alone or isolated. And while no one wants to think of themselves as being lonely, it can be hard to bounce back from without the realisation that something is wrong.
If you think that you or a friend are suffering from loneliness, look out for these 6 key signs. If they sound familiar, it might be time to try and tackle the loneliness head-on.