Whether it’s your first day or 10th year anniversary at a business, the issue of being lonely can happen to anyone at any time. Dealing with loneliness can be an incredibly difficult task and it’s easy to shy away from.
Spending eight to nine hours a day at work staring at the same four walls can make it feel like the world is swallowing you up.
Ben Edwards, a self-confidence expert and relationship coach, shares his top tips for tackling loneliness, additionally outlining how a manager can help their employees.
Listen to music
If you’re in an office environment, putting the radio or a playlist on can enhance the mood instantly. Whether this is a relaxing instrumental piece or up-beat hit, having a sing along with co-workers can improve confidence, relationships and more importantly, make you feel at ease. Alternatively, if you’re more of a laid-back individual, put some headphones on and jam out in peace. On the plus side, it’s likely that productivity will also increase.
If you’re new, start small
Creating work relationships can be a tough task when you’re new to a company. Instead of mixing with as many colleagues as you possibly can, start small. Find someone of a similar age who may be easier to talk to and start sharing your interests. This will not only build confidence but having a close work friend will also allow you to express feelings when you’re either down or have something on your mind.
Change your scenery
Think about moving your position within the office. If you’ve been at the company for many years, having a change could reap benefits. Something as simple as a different view, being at a window or working alongside another colleague will help to fight the battle of feeling lonely.
Leave the office
Staring at the same four walls day in day out will drain you. Begin to spend some of your lunch time outside of the office to get fresh air; this will help to clear your head. Being in a busy environment could impact how you deal with loneliness. You could also ask a friend to join you; this will help to make you feel more relaxed and less overwhelmed by looming deadlines.
Enroll with a self-confidence coach
Sometimes tackling loneliness in the workplace begins at home. Having an expert sit down and allow you to discuss your issues face-to-face, over the phone or online will take a huge amount of weight off your shoulders. Working alongside a coach to set mini goals, measure improvements and help guide you through the hard times can be a breath of fresh air.
Ensuring that your employees can deal with loneliness effectively can also be the responsibility of a manager or team leader. There are plenty of ways you can have an impact on an employee’s life, simply by taking the following measures:
Become more attuned to your employees’ needs
Instead of assuming employees will voice their concerns or move themselves to rectify an issue, take the initiative to notice if they’re struggling. Perhaps move the employee to another area in the office with some familiar faces or schedule an informal meeting to discuss their concerns. This will demonstrate that you have recognised they’re not totally comfortable at work, promoting enhanced loyalty and productivity from the employee who will feel valued as a result.
Create a team atmosphere
Work days out or after work drinks are great ways to build team chemistry. If you have a new employee, this will enable them to mingle with other colleagues and begin to express themselves. Feeling part of a team will help to eliminate feelings of loneliness.
For more information regarding self-confidence and relationship advice, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/officialbenedwards/