Nothing makes you wish that you could work from home more than being stuck in a traffic jam, desperately wondering if you will make it to your desk before the boss sees it empty. And then when you finally make it into your office you can’t get any work done because of constant interruptions with all your beloved colleagues stopping by for a chat. So when the company starts downsizing and offering some employees the opportunity to work from home, it seems a no-brainer that you take it.
So off you go… looking forward to having those extra minutes in bed, not having to pick out a corporate outfit every day…. and being much more productive. And that works well for a month or two, maybe even more. But… you become aware that your world isn’t quite right. Our empathy goes to you, as you might not even recognise what’s happening… you’re losing your motivation, and loneliness and social isolation might be setting in.
So if you are one of the many people who feels lonely as a result of working from home, or you know of someone who feels loneliness from this, then read on. In fact even if you suspect others might be lonely, and they stoically say they aren’t, it’s worth understanding working from home and loneliness better.
… and in addition to these, you undoubtedly identify with many of the same loneliness problems that aren’t related to where you work.
If you are working from home, you are not alone. More than 685,000 employees in New Zealand work from home, for on average about 18 hours per week. This peaks in the 45-54 age group, when the limited opportunities at the high-end of the corporate pyramid leaves many creating new opportunities from home. These numbers may significantly increase in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.
If you are working from home, either by choice or otherwise, and feel lonely, then we empathise with you.
These are very real issues for you;
and some are not quick fixes! So despite these challenges it’s vital you actively find ways to ensure that you – and those around you – are emotionally healthy.
Solitude is very important for people to reflect and to come to grips with their situation. Being lonely for short periods is also not necessarily unhealthy. What we are considering is the type of loneliness which is prolonged and might be damaging to an individual’s health and wellbeing. Some people talk about their loneliness; other’s don’t; Some might not recognise that they are actually suffering from loneliness.
When people are already lonely, having people around you that you aren’t able to connect with on a deeper level, might even make your loneliness worse.
Research has shown that when socially isolated people aren’t getting enough regular human contact that can create problems with their family members and people who they do end up talking to.
These are just the surface of the ways you might be showing signs of being lonely… and that you could recognise in others.
So where to from here?
you all have a unique story.
How long you have been lonely; What you believe causes your particular loneliness; and what you have already tried to alleviate the loneliness.
To get to the heart of your loneliness we would like to get to know you!
Your personality, your eccentricities, and your values are all part of what makes you feel your loneliness more than some others.
Your next step
We appreciate the trust you would place in us to talk openly and frankly – so we promise no judgements – genuine empathy, respect and confidentiality.
Then when we have understood you better, we can help you move forward. Help you form better connections with your spread out communities, with your friends and your families…wherever they are in the world.
If you are ready to take the next step, click the button to get started addressing your loneliness:
People feel lonely for many reasons. To learn more about other working or studying and lonely categories, select one of the coloured boxes below, or scroll down the “I’m feeling lonely” menu.
With our help you can conquer your loneliness by taking better care of your inner self.
And we can conquer loneliness in New Zealand by better understanding and accepting each other.
So when you are ready…click here.
We look forward to hearing your view of the world!
Stats NZ (2013), Survey of Working Life: December 2012 quarter. Download the data.