Only the Lonely (at Work)

Quiet quitting.

Bare minimum Monday.

Rage quitting.

Remote employees are not as committed as those that work in person.

😑 Blah, blah, blah.

Or, maybe, it has nothing to do with you or trying to harm the organization.

When we stop judging, talking at or about, or pointing fingers – maybe we (or managers, leaders, and supervisors) can switch from a defensive position or our predominant negative bias.

👓 Focusing on compliance instead of compassion can limit what we see.

Ryan Jenkins, CSP shared “10 Signs of an Isolated and Lonely Worker” in Psychology Today.

He shares that loneliness is a universal emotion and that entry level employees feel it as often as managers.

There are observable signs to look for as cues to loneliness.

Isolation may be a result of a personal life change that causes people to deflect when asked a question or avoid conversational efforts.

Job insecurity and layoffs can create psychological tension, withdrawal, or excessive worry.

Layoffs also lead to overloading of work and the loss of a work friend or social connection.

Becoming a cohesive team means that people have each other’s back.

Rather than assuming ill intent, maybe we have to consider someone else’s perspective.

A Gallup poll showed that only 1 in 4 employees felt their employer cared about their wellbeing.

🔸 Social exclusion at work through marginalization, stigma, or bullying can create loneliness and psychological or emotional distress for the target. 🔸

☝🏻 The first step – as with #empathy – begins with awareness. ☝🏻 See the signs.