Man is a herd animal, it’s easy to say.
Without looking too deeply at this now, at least the need for belonging cannot be denied and is even elementarily important for the psychological constitution of the human being. However, our society is developing into increasingly fragile structures. The family image, developed over many centuries, crumbles within decades and loses value. Single households increase rapidly, club life decreases rapidly, churches lose rulers of members and and and. A certain constant has been the collegial cooperation in the companies. One was, forced or hopefully not, part of an (office) community for a third of one’s life. People met in the hallway, in the canteen, discussed in meeting rooms, drank a coffee together at the bar table and personnel discussions took place from person to person.
When working from home, there is a danger of isolation. Tasks are so broken down that everyone can and must become lone fighters. The dependence on each other is reduced. I don’t want to deny the advantages this brings, but I am skeptical about the impact it has on our socialization.
I, therefore, think it is extremely important to take this danger of isolation seriously. The fact that it first begins as a feeling in a person and does not even have to be perceived before it becomes visible to the outside world does not make it any easier for the team and superiors.
Especially when employees are sent in a short time and have to accept through no fault of their own that they are currently “not needed”, maybe even have fears of losing their job and poverty,
…it is doubly important to keep an eye on the other person.
Otherwise, there is the danger of “losing” the employee. The identification with the company, the common, must be maintained. This is the responsibility of superiors and management. If this is not done, the above-mentioned feeling of isolation is intensified and the employee no longer experiences appreciation. What consequences this has for the employee’s mental health and what impact it has on his or her commitment to the company when it starts up again varies from individual to individual but should not be neglected.