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Burnout and Loneliness: Workplace Problems, Not Worker Problems

Medium recently published insight from Constance Hadley, Lecturer of Management & Organizations, on her analysis of the ‘Great Rethinking’ and what is influencing employees to actively seek new jobs.

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March 29, 2022

Medium recently published insight from Constance Hadley, Lecturer of Management & Organizations, on her analysis of the ‘Great Rethinking’ and what is influencing employees to actively seek new jobs.

A recent study revealed that 55% of hybrid employees and 50% of all-remote employees reported feeling lonelier at work than before the pandemic, due to the feelings of being disconnected and burned out. In a question-and-answer session, Constance shares her research-based techniques to identify these feelings in the workplace and how these issues can be addressed both from an individual and business standpoint. In offering ways employers can acknowledge and prevent employee burnout and loneliness, Constance states,

“There is much that senior leaders can do to address burnout and loneliness, starting with educating themselves about what is really going on with their workforce. Instead of generic culture or engagement surveys, companies should collect targeted data on these issues.”

Connie Noonan Hadley is an organizational psychologist and lecturer in the Management and Organizations Department at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She teaches graduate courses in topics such as teamwork, leadership, and negotiations. She holds a PhD in organizational behavior from Harvard University, an MBA in human resource and strategic management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in social psychology from Princeton University. Previously, she worked in the fields of management consulting at McKinsey & Company and in marketing and operations at General Mills, Inc. Dr. Hadley’s research has been published in Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review,The Leadership Quarterly, Human Relations, and Group & Organization Management, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Wired, and other media outlets. One of her favorite extracurricular activities is serving as faculty advisor to The Internship Fund for Social Impact, a student-led initiative to support social impact internships around the world.