December 1, 2023
Futurity recently published an article featuring Constance Hadley, Professor in Management and Organizations, discussing her research on loneliness in the workplace and the importance of collegial support.
Through her research, Hadley found that many professionals working with emotionally, psychologically hard jobs avoided burnout due to the social support they got from their colleagues. Hadley explains this support as the “unacknowledged grease that keeps a lot of these organizations going.”
As part of a question-and-answer session, Hadley discussed how companies are addressing workplace loneliness. “I’ve seen some companies who bring back workers to the office saying, “We care about a collaborative environment,” and you look at their values statements and it’s all about delivering shareholder value or hitting the bottom line. Well, you’re not actually encouraging collaboration and pausing to get to know somebody—there’s a disconnect,” she stated.