Divided We Stand: Treating Corporate America’s Loneliness Epidemic

Michael Lee Stallard

In order to understand how to combat loneliness at work, we can learn a lot from neuroscientist and loneliness expert, John Cacioppo. Through his research, Cacioppo has rejected the popular opinion that loneliness is merely a symptom of other ailments, such as depression. Based on Cacioppo’s research, we have come up with three tips to help managers and executives create a corporate culture that reduces loneliness and helps employees to thrive. By Colton Perry.

Feel Lonely and Left Out at Work?

Michael Lee Stallard

John Cacioppo, director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, has done a great deal of research on this topic and he wrote a book I highly recommend entitled Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection. Recently, I spoke with Dr. Cacioppo about the new center for connection I’m co-founding at TCU and my hope to bring him to campus to share his pioneering research and insights.

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America’s #1 Health Problem is Not What You Expect

Michael Lee Stallard

In April 2017, The Atlantic featured an interview with loneliness expert John Cacioppo from the University of Chicago in an article titled, “ How Loneliness Begets Loneliness.” Many organizations today are interested in the wellness and wellbeing of their people. They promote wellness programs that encourage exercise and mindfulness. Few, however, address the number one health problem. In a 2016 interview with Politico, U.S.

Boost Connectedness to Reverse Rise of Suicides in America

Michael Lee Stallard

Research summarized in Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by the late John Cacioppo and William Patrick supports that connection is an indispensable resource to help us cope with stressors and threats we face in life. With the exception of America , suicide rates over recent decades have declined in most of the world. Suicides in the U.S. have risen more than 50% from 2005 to 2017 and now exceed deaths by motor vehicle incidents.

Burnout at Work Isn’t Just About Exhaustion. It’s Also About Loneliness

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John Cacioppo, a leading expert on loneliness and coauthor of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection , emphasizes its tremendous impact on psychological and physical health and longevity. More and more people are feeling tired and lonely at work. In analyzing the General Social Survey of 2016 , we found that, compared with roughly 20 years ago, people are twice as likely to report that they are always exhausted.

When You and Your Friend Both Want the Same Promotion

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Loneliness, on the other hand, can harm both our psychological and physical health, as leading loneliness psychologist John Cacioppo, coauthor of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection , has shown in his work. Gemma Escribano/EyeEm/Getty Images. Research generally shows that having friends at work can increase productivity and engagement.

Having Work Friends Can Be Tricky, but It’s Worth It

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Moreover, research by John Cacioppo, professor at the University of Chicago and author of Loneliness , shows that the true health and happiness benefits of social connection stem less from how many friends you have in your circle and more from how connected you feel to them (after all, you can feel lonely in a crowd). How often have you had the following conversation at work? How are you? It is a script we stick to even if we are dying inside.