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Lack of Connection is Making Your Company Sick

In the contemporary work environment, “connection” isn’t just about having good internet service. It entails establishing meaningful relationships and a sense of camaraderie with your colleagues and leaders. It’s the glue that holds teams together, fostering a harmonious and productive work atmosphere. In business, focusing on wellness is not merely a fad but a necessity. A Gallup study showcased that engaged teams show 21% greater profitability, substantiating the direct connection between employee wellness and business success (Gallup, 2020).  According the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) the cost of employee replacement is anywhere between 50-60% of salary, and in some cases from 90 up to 200% of salary, meaning that investment on employee connection and wellness do have a substantial impact to business performance.

Change is the only constant, and this holds true even in work trends. Remote working, once a perk, has now turned into a norm. But this shift has significantly impacted employee wellness. It’s observed that remote workers have a higher risk of feeling isolated, which might lead to ailments like depression and anxiety. A report by Mind Share Partners, indicates about 42% of remote workers report high-stress levels, compared to 36% of office workers.

Is the lack of connection making your company sick?

The simple answer is, quite possibly yes. As outlined in the table below, connection affects various aspects of work, including job satisfaction, innovation, and even conflict resolution skills. Strategies like encouraging open communication, creating virtual mentorship programs, and fostering innovation through brainstorming sessions are no longer optional but essential to maintaining a healthy work environment.

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Companies must focus on fostering connections, be it in an office setting or a remote work environment. The strategies might vary, but the goal remains the same – to nurture a connected, healthy, and productive workforce. Can you afford not to do it?

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September 6, 2023


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