Diversity can combat management loneliness

Hiring a more diverse team is one of the best ways of making senior staff feel less isolated in the workplace.

This is according to research from careers site CV-Library, which shows one in four (27.2%) senior leaders admit to feeling lonely in the workplace, with a further 40.8% claiming that people’s attitudes towards them changed after they moved into the role.

When asked for their top ways to prevent loneliness in the workplace, senior leaders suggested the following:

  • Put appropriate support in place (49.2%)
  • Have more office socials (34.5%)
  • Hire a diverse team (32.9%)
  • Construct an open-plan office (28.2%)
  • Improve the on-boarding process (27%)

Commenting on the findings, CV-Library founder and CEO Lee Biggins said: “As a senior employee, you may feel unable to talk about any feelings of loneliness because of your status in the company. To combat this, it’s important to prioritise your own wellbeing and work closely with other leaders. Whether you organise company socials to blow off some steam away from the workplace, or have regular catch-ups with fellow managers, it will help you to forge stronger working relationships. In turn, this should encourage a more open and supportive atmosphere.”