Jordan Heath Rawlings, Erica Lenti, Erika discussed on The Big Story
If you are listening to this podcast on your commute into work this morning. First of all, thanks second of all if that commute happens to be from your bed to your desk in the room next door. Then we hope you're not lonely, and we're here to provide some of the things that you don't get when you work from home. Collie? How's it going? Hey, Jordan, good. How are you? Great. What'd you get up to this weekend? Oh now, much me. Neither mondays. All right. It sounds dumb. Right. It's perfunctory. It's the stuff you think that you definitely wouldn't miss if you could somehow avoid the office. But it turns out that we need these little interactions. However trite they seem you might not feel like it when you're sloshing into work on a Monday morning, but you are at heart a social creature and going all day without talking to anyone has consequences. So naturally, of course, our culture is making that more difficult as freelancers and telecommuters make up a growing portion of the workforce, we're asking what is a work from Homer supposed to do. And what are companies doing about this now that we are actually learning about the effects of workplace loneliness? Is there a happy medium between the obvious perks of leaving the office behind and the basic but necessary emotional connection, the your colleagues provide? I'm Jordan heath Rawlings. And this is the big story. Erica Lenti is a freelance writer who wrote this story for pivot who has also written for the walrus, and the globe and mail and many other publications Erika, thanks for leaving your home office to come talk to us. Thanks so much for having me. So what is workplace loneliness? I mean, it's defined in many different ways the way that I've sort of found it in my research is when you are working remotely, which is happening much more frequently these days and in doing so you're just missing that social connection that social engagement with people in the workplace. So you're alone in your home office, which I am these days, and you know, you you're emailing people and you're chatting people, but you're not seeing them face to face, and you're sort of spending your eight to ten hours of work time alone in your little office, and that can kind of take. Drain on you that can affect the way that you're feeling emotionally and physically that we're not really considering as much as I think, maybe we should be these days. What does some of the research say about the number of people working from home? Yes. So there's a stats can report from twenty ten and that's the most recent data. I'm sure that these numbers have probably grown one point seven million Canadians are working from home at least part of the time, and that data found that was just people who are working from home employed by other companies or other employers that didn't include people who are self-employed. Okay. So not freelancers. Yeah. Exactly. Which is what I am just like three quarters of the median, exactly. So I think those numbers not only are they probably under reported because of that element. But I also think that given that we're in twenty eighteen it's been eight years since the data has been collected that number has probably grown quite a bit. Given all of the new technologies that we have and the research and. To the benefits of working from home and slashing that commute into nothing. Well, that's what I was going to say is it kind of sounds on the surface like a dream, right? And you hear people say it that way when they finally leave the office, and they get to work from home that I don't even have to wear pants, or I you know, I had to shave my saved my entire commute time or it's cetera et cetera. I don't have to eat lunch in the cafeteria. And I don't want to quash those benefits in any way because they are great. I mean as someone who works from home. I get to hang out with my dog all day. I have a one eyed rescue dog, and she is like the best ever, and she is like a total lapdog. And so I get to sit there and work. Well, while my dogs in my lap. And I'm like, this is the best thing ever. They're definitely tons of benefits. I can appreciate not having to commute in Toronto. But we don't often think about those like the the lack of social engagement, and what that does to you..