Workplace loneliness drives mistakes and poor productivity

Is the gig economy contributing to a sense of loneliness?

A new study has found 37 per cent of all workers feel lonely at work, and that a key driver for this is tech advances that were supposed to make jobs easier or more flexible.

The survey of just over 1,000 employees — conducted by HR think tank Reventure — also found 38 per cent of lonely workers reported making more mistakes and 40 per cent felt less productive.

The study’s results run counter to usual assumptions that less face-to-face contact with colleagues will lead to fewer distractions and higher productivity.

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