Five Ways To Help Prevent Loneliness Among Young Workers

Five Ways To Help Prevent Loneliness Among Young Workers

In this post-pandemic world, with a hybrid working from home/office model still very much part of the company culture, it’s more important than ever to nurture younger workers.

Recently, the Government launched a campaign to address the stigma around loneliness in young people. It recognised that those aged 16 to 24 who make up 10% of the workforce—can be among the loneliest but also the least likely to take action to help themselves.

The campaign’s strapline is, ‘Loneliness. It’s a part of life. Let’s talk about it’, which aims to normalise loneliness and create a conversation on the topic, to help reduce the stigma.

When taken into the workplace, loneliness can negatively impact an employee’s performance and productivity, as well as affect levels of job satisfaction.

Providing a welcoming and inclusive environment can go a long way towards making their working day an enjoyable one, whether they are at home or in the office.

When businesses have new starters, a large proportion are likely to be younger people, and indeed, many will be starting their first-ever job.

Here are some ways to support younger workers – indeed, colleagues of all ages, however long they have been with the business.

How To Help Prevent Loneliness Among Young Workers

1. Encourage Social Interaction

Team building activities, mentorship or buddy programmes, and regular social events can all help to build camaraderie. Creating opportunities for collaboration and relationship-building can help young employees feel more connected to their colleagues.

It can be daunting to be the newbie in the team, so encourage all your team members and colleagues to make them feel welcome and valued.

2. Prioritise Open Communication

Check-in regularly with your team members or encourage your managers to do so. Build a supportive environment where employees feel comfortable expressing their feelings and concerns, whether it’s about work-related challenges or personal issues. A problem shared is a problem halved.

3. Promote Work-Life Balance

Striking the right balance between work and personal life can be difficult, but it is essential for maintaining overall wellbeing.

Could you offer flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options or flexible hours, to accommodate the different needs of young employees? Encouraging them to prioritise self-care and allocate time for activities outside of work can, nurturing a positive attitude which will translate into their approach to work.

Maintaining Good Mental Health In The Workplace

4. Provide Mental Health Support

Loneliness is a normal part of life, so why not encourage employees to talk about it? Offering access to mental health resources and support services may be helpful. Educate your team about the resources available – if you have an intranet, you could signpost services – and ensure that they feel there is no stigma to seeking help for mental health issues.

5. Lead By Example

Your leadership can make a big difference. By demonstrating genuine care and concern for team members, you set a positive tone for the workplace and encourage others to do the same.

Final Words

By taking proactive measures to address loneliness and support the wellbeing of young employees, businesses can create a more positive and fulfilling work environment where all team members feel valued, connected, and supported in their personal and professional growth.

At Rombourne Serviced Offices, we can help by providing a warm welcome to your team when they arrive at work and are in the building. Ours are the first faces they see, and we pride ourselves on making that great first impression, getting to know our clients and their team members, and adding to an inclusive, family atmosphere.

If you’d like to talk to us about serviced offices for your business, where you, your staff and your visitors are assured of a warm welcome, please get in touch. We have centres in Bristol, Cardiff, Newport and Swindon.

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