Some 57 percent of employees say they feel isolated at work, according to a Tell It NowSM survey released by ComPsych Corporation today. The majority of employees said more social events or down time to casually interact would most help reduce feelings of isolation. ComPsych is the worlds largest provider of employee assistance programs and is the worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources brand.
Of the 57% of employees who say they feel isolated at work, here is what they said would most help improve the situation:
26% said “ More social events 32% said “ More down time and opportunity to casually interact 18% said “ Getting involved in volunteering or other causes 13% said “ More cross-departmental projects 10% said “ Different workspace setup (less offices, more interaction) 1% said “ More meetings
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Loneliness and social isolation can be precursors to depression, anxiety and especially substance abuse, said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. Half of all adults are now single, so many do not have the support of “ or interaction with “ a family at home, which makes the social environment of the workplace even more important. There are a number of ways in which an employers EAP can help.
Among the resources ComPsych provides to address loneliness are:
- Skills-based counseling to help people build better relationships both socially and at work
- On-site training sessions, which bring people together but also can cover topics such as Loneliness and Social Isolation In Todays World, Mental Health Awareness and Becoming a Team Player, which ComPsych provides
- More intensive counseling for the downstream effects of loneliness “ depression, anxiety and substance abuse “ while addressing the underlying causes such as social isolation
ComPsych is also reminding customers and their employees to take advantage of the holidays for social gatherings at work but also to provide guidance for employees of ways to better connect with their friends and extended families. For a list of tips, send an email to [email protected].