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Conquering workplace loneliness Individual or organization accountability

Conquering workplace loneliness Individual or organization accountability The paper aims to understand the role of an individual and the organization for managing workplace loneliness in special workplaces, giving insight into the manifestation of a negative organizational climate which may have an adverse impact on personal and organizational effectiveness.Design/methodology/approachThis study considered the existing literature and conducted an independent survey with sailors as the sample.FindingsIndividuals experience feelings of loneliness and it is the collective responsibility of both the individuals and the organizations to help alleviate these feelings.Research limitations/implicationsThe present study focused on vulnerable groups of sailors as employees working in remote workplaces.Practical implicationsThe findings suggest that leaders can be sensitized to include interventions to assure quality interactions among workers and be facilitators for sharing of emotions, especially in high-risk occupations.Originality/valueStudying the existence of loneliness among employees in remote workplaces like the shipping sector has received limited attention in previous studies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Resource Management International Digest Emerald Publishing

Conquering workplace loneliness Individual or organization accountability

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0967-0734
DOI
10.1108/hrmid-09-2018-0182
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Abstract

The paper aims to understand the role of an individual and the organization for managing workplace loneliness in special workplaces, giving insight into the manifestation of a negative organizational climate which may have an adverse impact on personal and organizational effectiveness.Design/methodology/approachThis study considered the existing literature and conducted an independent survey with sailors as the sample.FindingsIndividuals experience feelings of loneliness and it is the collective responsibility of both the individuals and the organizations to help alleviate these feelings.Research limitations/implicationsThe present study focused on vulnerable groups of sailors as employees working in remote workplaces.Practical implicationsThe findings suggest that leaders can be sensitized to include interventions to assure quality interactions among workers and be facilitators for sharing of emotions, especially in high-risk occupations.Originality/valueStudying the existence of loneliness among employees in remote workplaces like the shipping sector has received limited attention in previous studies.

Journal

Human Resource Management International DigestEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2019

Keywords: Seafarers; Remote workplaces; Workplace loneliness

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