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Information about the host of this podcast.
awilliam's picture Azetta Beatty, MS
Work-Life Manager
College or Department
Work-Life and Well-Being
Scovell Hall
Phone Number
(859) 257-2648
Email Address

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Possible challenges to connecting
  • Physical distancing and social distancing
  • Limited access to campus resources
  • Lack of structure or routine and access to workspace
  • Feel forgotten, out of the loop or left out
  • Technology and equipment concerns
  • Adapting work duties and unfamiliar tasks
  • Staying in touch with colleagues and UK communities
  • Cannot access usual informal connections
  • Concerns about doing a good job
  • Barriers to self-care or self-care routines
  • Family concerns
  • Mental load
  • Health concerns – emotional, mental and physical
  • Loneliness or isolation
Things to keep in mind about loneliness

Loneliness is different from depression, being alone, or feelings of solitude. It has more to do with a person’s quality of social relationships rather than their quantity. Loneliness is defined as “a complex set of feelings that occurs when intimate and social needs are not adequately met.”

It’s important to understand exactly how people experience loneliness in their jobs. How does it affect their work? How does it shape their relationships with colleagues? And what can be done to help a lonely employee?

Recommended reading from the Harvard Business Review:

Key takeaway: provide timely and effective support for lonelier employees to help break the negative cycle of workplace loneliness.

Communicating from a distance
  • Connect and create “I See You” moments
  • Schedule meetings with the team and with individuals
  • Instant messages
  • Share Outlook calendars
  • Remember informal chat
  • Observe body language and tones
  • Listen for what is not said
  • Keep in mind what you can control
  • Create a routine
  • Growth mindset
  • Find the fun
  • Remember the little things
  • Offer support and encouragement