How to avoid being lonely if you work alone

17 Jul 2017

Business

Developments in technology and communication mean it is now easier than ever to work from home. There are currently 8 million people working from home in the UK, that’s over a fifth of the total UK workforce.

Working for yourself and setting your own hours is usually seen as one of the biggest benefits of working at home. This higher level of autonomy can be empowering and create a real sense of purpose which, in turn, supports mental wellbeing.

However, it is important to acknowledge the issues that can arise whilst working in isolation, especially when it comes to mental wellbeing. Attending networking events and building up a professional network can help make lone workers feel like part of a community and stave off feelings of loneliness. Being part of a business community gives people working at home a sounding board for ideas. Ensuring healthy boundaries and touch points of human interaction are in place is essential to allow you to reap the benefits of homeworking.

To manage your health and wellbeing it’s important to be strict with yourself.  Setting achievable goals, knowing your working hours, ensuring that you have a clear separation of your home and work life and allowing yourself adequate breaks are some of the key factors to building and staying resilient to help you better negotiate the pressures of working alone.  This is vital as it’s when our resilience levels are low that issues associated with mental health, such as stress and anxiety or depression, present more of a risk.

Of course, it’s not just the self employed or home workers who need to be aware of maintaining good boundaries between work and home, as even office-based workers can be susceptible to the health impacts of a long working hours culture.

St Helens Chamber offer a variety of networking events and Chamber Membership provides members with a community of over 1000 businesses.

For more information about networking events contact Rachel Wellens, Events Co-ordinator on 01744 742028 or email rachel.wellens@sthelenschamber.com

To speak to our Membership Team call 01744 742072.