By Mark Mortensen, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
They say it’s lonely at the top. But in the workplace, even team members are feeling lonely.
Firms should see loneliness as an organisational issue, not a personal one. Aside from being associated with an array of health problems, loneliness reduces work performance and creativity. It also turns employees into poor decision makers. Firms with lonely employees can ill afford to ignore the problem. Especially when the problem is due in large part to the way teams are designed.