Loneliness NZ

Employer costs of loneliness

The New Economics Foundation has prepared a considered report on the employer costs of  loneliness (New Economics Foundation 2017).  They found that the total annual costs of employee loneliness is ₤2,265 (NZ$4,408) per lonely worker.  This was made up of sickness absence (NZ$39), lower productivity (NZ$1,269), and lower staff retention (NZ$3,100) (see figure).  In addition, about 10% of UK workers are also carers outside of work.  The additional cost to employers of this burden outside of work as it relates to loneliness was estimated at ₤73 (NZ$143) per working carer. To put these figures in context, according to the New Economics Foundation, they represent about 8% of the annual cost to UK employers of mental ill-health.

Diagram showing employer cost of loneliness

Navigating the financial costs of loneliness

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New Economics Foundation (2017), “The cost of loneliness to UK employers”, February. Read the report.