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What can we do about loneliness at work?

What can we do about loneliness at work?

Loneliness is becoming a prevalent issue in our society, accelerated by the rapid rise of flexible and gig working. Yet it remains largely taboo. In the age of 24/7 digital connectivity, it can be difficult to explain or even admit that loneliness is real and seriously affects our mental health.

More and more people are experiencing loneliness in their workplace. Many remote and virtual workers feel  disconnected, many gig workers feel they’re fending for themselves, many entrepreneurs find themselves crumbling under the burden of the ‘heropreneurship’ narrative that surrounds much of the startup world.

Impact Hub Islington is a space that many people join in search of connection and friendship. We felt it’s important to host a conversation about loneliness at work that goes deeper than poor performance and burnout – and t asks what ‘good’ work looks like when many of us are feeling disconnected and lonely?What can we do to feel less lonely at work? How do we make the future of work a place where we can become more connected and bring more of ourselves to the table – rather than an isolated and isolating experience?  

The event will kick off with four speakers who bring a range of experiences in the area of wellbeing at work to illuminate loneliness from different angles and reflect on what an increasingly lonely workforce might mean for society at large..

In the second half of the evening you’ll get to take part in a ‘Queen Bee’ exercise in which we will hive-mind our ideas for reducing isolation at work. What practical solutions can we all think of to relieve loneliness and how might we implement these as individuals, organisations and communities? Taking our cue from our speakers’ themes, we’ll each generate creative ideas for improving connection, and see where cross-pollination takes us.

Speakers are:

  • Jayne Carrington, Dialogue First – on different ways in which loneliness can show up in the workplace
  • Derek Tong, The Future of Work is Human – on how humans can drive technological change to serve human needs
  • Sally Wilson, Institute for Employment Studies – on the challenging and potentially isolating experience of working while also being a carer
  • Liberty Martin, writer and performer – on the potential loneliness of being a freelance artist

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Tickets are £4 and include refreshments. NB: no one will be turned away for lack of funds – just drop us an email on islington.hosts@impacthub.net and we’ll work something out.

This event is part of the what is the future of ‘good’ work? series. You can join the conversation on our ‘good’ work Facebook group where you’ll find lots of interesting resources on the topic.

Access

The event will take place on the ground floor, which has a step free automatic door. The venue also has accessible toilets, which are gender neutral. If you need any assistance to access the venue, please email islington.hosts@impacthub.net in advance so we can make sure someone is there to help.

Date
Feb 7th
Time
18:30 - 20:30
Location
Entry fee Free

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