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Lonely at Work? You’re Not Alone

isolated at workA piece on Fortune caught our eye. That’s because it examines the impact of being lonely at work. We’ve been there done, that in a former role in an office where everyone’s heads were buried in their cubicles. All. Day. Long.

Not only was it not enjoyable, it wasn’t productive! A recent study proves it. As cited in the piece, in 2011 two professors discovered that greater employee loneliness resulted in “poorer task, team role and relational performance.” Plus, loneliness at work actually triggers emotional withdrawal from the organization itself. Read more

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Three Ways to Tackle Freelance Isolation

LifeAsFreelancerWe’ve been so focused lately on office dynamics that we don’t want to overlook our freelance friends. Yes, entrepreneurs — we’re talking to you.

Inspired by this piece on Freelancers Union, there are a few ways to fend off the isolation blues. Sure, we know how liberating it is to make our own schedules and have the ability to work from anywhere but there are ways to overcome the drawbacks of feeling lonely and oh-so-isolate.

1. Create structure. When your day has a purpose from the minute you wake up and it’s full of meetings, phone calls and a work schedule on a calendar similar to how you would schedule a meeting, it’s easier to squash loneliness. Even if you schedule specific times during the day (perhaps when you’re least productive) to run to the dry cleaners or grab a bite to eat for lunch, you’ll stay occupied. Plus, it’s important to get fresh air so be sure to schedule that as well. Read more