Feeling Lonely in the Workplace

Mental health | Just 4% of staff would speak to HR about feeling lonely

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As little as four per cent of UK workers would reach out to HR if they were feeling lonely, new research has revealed.

In research carried out by Hall & Partners, part of Omnicom’s Brand Consulting Group, 58% of UK workers said they had felt lonely at work during the last 12 months. When asked who they might be prepared to discuss their feelings of loneliness with, only 4% said they would contact their HR department, while a shockingly low 8% said they would speak to a manager. Of those prepared to speak with a manager, more men were prepared to do so, compared to women (53% vs 47% respectively).

The theme for this year’s UK Mental Health Awareness Week, which was marked last month, was loneliness. At the start of this year, Hall & Partners’ future business predictions for 2022 stated that mental health will become the most important employee engagement metric for businesses and brands.

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