group of millennials working at computer As innately social creatures, humans need to connect withothers to build and maintain mental well-being, which in turnfosters engagement and productivity. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The gig economy, workplace digitization and flexible workinghave greatly disrupted traditional ways of working.Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all, office-based nine-to-fivejob; for many it's now possible to work at any time, from anylocation. The improvements to work-life balance are clear, butthere are also downsides to remote working to consider. By movingaway from the centralized workplace, employees are missing out onthe social connections that are intrinsic to office working.

This should not be taken lightly. As innately social creatures,humans need to connect with others to build and maintain mentalwell-being, which in turn fosters engagement and productivity.Workplaces may become more digitized and remote, but it is vitalthat companies continue to nurture their employees' socialwell-being–both for the good of their staff and their bottom lines.One of the best ways to achieve this is to deliver an employeebenefits offering that ensures their social well-being needs aremet.

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