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We need to talk about loneliness at work

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Impact Hub Islington

27 Dingley Place

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EC1V 8BR

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It’s become a prevalent issue in our society, but one that remains largely taboo. Especially in the age of 24/7 digital connectivity, it can be difficult to explain or even admit that loneliness is real and has serious effects on people’s mental health.

A lot of people experience loneliness in their workplace. Work is changing and can leave people feeling disconnected in the virtual realm, fending for themselves in the gig economy or crumbling under the burden of the ‘heropreneurship’ narrative that surrounds much of the startup world.

Impact Hub Islington being a space that many people join in search of connection and friendship, we want to host a conversation about loneliness at work that goes deeper than poor performance and burnout - but asks what ‘good’ work looks like when many of us are feeling disconnected and lonely? Is the future of work a place where we can become more connected, bring more of ourselves to the table - or are the new structures that are evolving pointing in the opposite direction?

At this event in the what is ‘good’ work? series, you will hear the perspectives of people who have studied or experienced loneliness at work, how it shows up in people as well as the link between new technologies and loneliness. There will be lots of space to share your own experience and offer peer support to others who might be struggling with similar challenges.

Speakers include:

  • Jayne Carrington, Dialogue First - on different ways in which loneliness can show up in the workplace

  • Derek Tong, The Future of Work is Human - on how humans can drive technological change to serve human needs

  • Sally Wilson, Institute for Employment Studies - on the challenging and potentially isolating experience of working while also being a carer

  • Liberty Martin, writer and performer - on the potential loneliness of being a freelance artist

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Tickets are £8 and will include fresh organic vegetarian and vegan nibbles provided by Elysia Catering. No one will be turned away for lack of funds - just drop us an email on islington.hosts@impacthub.net and we'll work something out.

You can already join the conversation on our 'good' work Facebook group where you'll find lots of interesting resources on the topic.

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The event will take place on the ground floor, which has a step free automatic door. The venue also has accessible toilets, which are gender neutral. If you need any assistance to access the venue, please email islington.hosts@impacthub.net in advance so we can make sure someone is there to help.

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