Young man working late Those who have more friends at work tend to stay at the company longer, but  percent of employees globally have no friends at work and over half have five or fewer total friends. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Using technology to communicate takes up nearly half of an employee’s day, and it’s not beneficial—especially when it makes them feel isolated and alone.

According to a new study titled “Global Work Connectivity,” from Future Workplace and Virgin Pulse, spending so much time communicating with coworkers via tech instead of in person has negative results: slightly more than half feel lonely always or very often as a result.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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