If you’ve been working from home for the past few months, you may well have adjusted to your own company or that of those you live with. However, with long days of often being alone, there seems to have been a sharp rise in loneliness as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home, and of those who did some work from home, 86% did so as a direct result of COVID-19. With many businesses set to not have their workforce back in the office for some time, will the loneliness curve only continue on an upward trend?
Yearning for some quality catch-up time
According to business card printing experts instantprint, we may be yearning for some quality catch-up time with our colleagues more than we think. As part of a recent survey they conducted, they found that many of us are dreaming about our colleagues, managers and clients, suggesting that we’re longing for the interaction we once had on a daily basis. In fact, 47% of the characters in those who took part in the survey’s dreams were their co-workers.
Among one of the other interesting results they found, one of the main dreams that people tended to have was that their co-workers replaced their friends and family. Are we missing our colleagues more than we think?
Let’s get together
Let’s face it, our dreams are often our deepest, darkest fantasies and fears, so it’s easy to see why romance is at the top of the agenda where working from home dreams are concerned. According to instantprint’s findings, 27% of people are having dreams about an office romance with their co-worker, and 13% are dreaming about getting hot under the collar for their managers!
It really does seem as though many of us are simply craving interactions with people more than we think. Here’s hoping that when the restrictions lift, that the office or workplace will be even better than we remember it being.
How to tackle remote working loneliness
There are a number of things that you can do to personally tackle remote working loneliness, as well as things the business you work for can do too. From having regular catch ups in the diary that you can do over Zoom or Teams, to virtual social events like a quiz, bingo or other interactive event.
Whether you’re a manager or team member, it’s important to always check in with others around you. Dropping an email, message or text is something quick and easy, but could really make someone’s day and ensure they feel less alone.