- Nov 22, 2019
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Gen-Z Workers may be getting lonely working from home, here are some ideas to help.
Loneliness leads to isolation, which then leads to burnout and disengagement on the job.Feeling isolated at work can be the difference between loving your job and dreading the thought of Monday morning. According to new data from global staffing firm Randstad USA and Apartment Guide, a majority of workers want flexibility, but many admitted to distractions and difficulty disconnecting at the end of the day when working from home:
- 57 % admit to doing household chores like laundry, cleaning, or cooking while working from home.
- 32 % admit to getting distracted by the TV.
- 29 % have had a pet or child disrupt a work call.
- 44 % prefer working in the office because it's easier to disconnect from their jobs.
Disengagement and burnoutWhile working from home can counteract some transportation expenses, it can also lead to detachment, especially among younger workers: 43 % of Gen-Z workers admit they get lonely working from home, compared with 26 % of all workers. This leads to an increased risk of disengagement and even burnout— a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.
The Solution"Managers with remote workers can take steps to promote as much collaboration and face time as possible with teammates to combat isolation," said Jim Link, chief human resources officer at Randstad North America. Here are five strategies that may help managers retain and engage their virtual workers:
- Continuous recognition
- In-person meetings once a quarter
- Open channels of communication
- Frequently scheduled check-ins
- Challenging work assignments