The silent workplace killer: loneliness
In the latest episode of ‘the mentl space’, Scott Armstrong delves into the intricacies of a condition affecting millions worldwide, irrespective of their age, social status, or geographic location: loneliness.
His guest, Dr. Shefali Verma, a medical director specialising in integrative medicine, explores how pervasive loneliness can be and its profound implications on both physical and mental health.
They discuss how loneliness, an often overlooked public health issue, was on par with tobacco and obesity, according to recent remarks by the U.S Surgeon General.
Loneliness doesn’t merely equate to being alone, but can permeate even in a crowd, especially in workplaces where employees feel isolated and unengaged.
The explore Generation Z’s stress levels. Gen Z, often called “snowflakes” or labeled “entitled” by older generations, is grappling with unprecedented stress and burnout rates.
How have rapid advancements in technology resulted in a discernible disconnect between traditional workplaces and the younger workforce’s needs and capabilities?
And, of course, the concept of work-life balance comes under scrutiny. Traditional work culture often celebrates long hours and overwork, subtly neglecting critical aspects like sufficient sleep and stress management.
Employers need to re-evaluate their approach towards employee well-being, argues Dr Verma. It’s high time organisations started asking about their employees’ sleep, promoting a balanced life, and incorporating strategies that boost mental health.
Workplaces must adapt and evolve. A cultural shift is required, placing employee well-being and mental health at the forefront. In an age where loneliness is escalating into a silent epidemic, we must prioritize and address it on par with other public health crises.
Otherwise, the cost, both human and financial, will be too high to bear.