Long hours and loneliness – fixing workplace misery

Here we go, two little things today to make you feel more brainy. It’s Blue Monday in the UK today – the day when we’re told it’s the most miserable day of the year – when we hate our job. By listening to these experts you’ll have some guidelines how you can make work better. They give solutions but I think once you listen to the data you’ll work out what to do yourselves.

Firstly something that might not seem directly connected to people in work initially but it’s about loneliness. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University. We start talking about the problem of loneliness in society and we go on to consider how loneliness is growing in work.

Next I wanted to talk to two researchers who have set about investigating if working long hours – or working harder leads to greater workplace success. The authors of the paper are the brilliant Argyro Avgoustaki from ESCP Europe and Hans Frankort from Cass Business School

Read the paper on fixing work by Argyro Avgoustaki (ESCP Europe) and Hans Frankort (Cass Business School)