Health & Wellness

How to Manage the Loneliness and Isolation of Remote Workers

Despite the productivity gains and cost savings associated with remote work, many leaders worry that those advantages come at the expense of remote workers' emotional health -- in particular, that remote work causes loneliness and isolation. Ultimately, it's feared, remote workers' engagement and productivity will suffer.

Despite the productivity gains and cost savings associated with remote work, many leaders worry that those advantages come at the expense of remote workers' emotional health -- in particular, that remote work causes loneliness and isolation. Ultimately, it's feared, remote workers' engagement and productivity will suffer.

Gallup finds that remote workers can feel lonely and isolated -- but it's not typical and it is preventable. In fact, a recent Buffer study of 1,900 remote workers around the world found that 90% intend to work remotely for the rest of their lives and 94% recommend off-site careers. And when asked to name the biggest struggle with working remotely, just 21% named "loneliness."

Still, one-fifth of a workforce is a lot of people, and leaders need measures in place to fix that problem before it damages engagement and performance. Gallup research shows that managers are best positioned to implement the strategies that make the biggest difference for their teams -- but first, they have to know the difference between loneliness and isolation.

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