A new study suggests that nearly half of Americans feel lonely or left out and that making friends at work could help people feel less isolated.
Researchers at Cigna surveyed almost 2,000 full-time employees finding that many who feel lonely experience lower job satisfaction, fewer promotions and more frequent job switching.
The study found
- race nor
- geographic location
had an impact the likelihood of feeling lonely. Instead, it’s where people work. Lawyers, engineers and scientists feel alone more because of a greater lack of social interaction, while people working in social work, marketing and sales experienced less loneliness.
Douglas Nemecek, M.D., chief medical officer for Behavioral Health at Cigna. “Fortunately, these results clearly point to the benefits meaningful in-person connections can have on loneliness, including those in the workplace.”
In addition, the study found that Gen Z (adults ages 18 to 22) are the loneliest.