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How flexible workspace can tackle loneliness in the office

“Modern offices can end up isolating employees if technology or design removes the impetus for people to chat or collaborate face-to-face,” says …

Open-plan, collaborative workspaces may have largely replaced the cubicles and private offices familiar to previous generations of employees but workplace loneliness is on the rise. Face-to-face communication often cedes to instant messaging and more colleagues work remotely, while the prevalence of workspace apps means employees working on the same project might do so virtually. “Modern offices can end up isolating employees if technology or design removes the impetus for people to chat or collaborate face-to-face,” says Guzmán de Yarza Blache, Head of Workplace Strategy, JLL EMEA. Loneliness can be a neglected aspect of workplace wellness – and one that has socioeconomic costs. Lonely people are less engaged with work and more likely to need sick days. In the UK, for example, research from the New Economics Foundation estimated that 1.2 million peoplesuffer from chronic loneliness, costing employers £2.5 billion a year due to the impact of loneliness on health, productivity and increased staff turnover. Read the original full post here

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