woman rubbing forehead while at computer Employers can take the lead in proactively developing job and personal resources to help reduce loneliness among workers. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new study estimates that loneliness costs U.S. businesses more than $154 billion annually in lost productivity. At a time when mental health and work/life balance have become higher priorities in the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic, the new research sheds more light on loneliness as a cause of absenteeism, and the productivity costs that come with it.

The research was published as part of Cigna’s Loneliness Index. Researchers used a survey of more than 6,000 workers in 2019 to measure workers’ feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

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