Tackling loneliness and supporting employees to build social connections can help ensure a more productive and resilient workforce. Workplaces where employees have a strong sense of organisational identity can lead to improved quality of work, higher wellbeing and greater engagement.
A lack of social connection can lead to less commitment and productivity and increased absenteeism and staff turnover. Employees who feel lonely can also appear less approachable to their colleagues.
As part of the cross-government loneliness strategy, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Campaign to End Loneliness established the Loneliness Employers Leadership Group. It was set up to deepen our understanding of workplace loneliness and identify what employers can do. This work has now been taken forward by the Tackling Loneliness Network at DCMS as a task and finish group.