Isolation at work can be costly. Lack of social support can lead to mental sluggishness which impairs productivity, kills creativity, and makes decision making more challenging.

A recent Australian report on loneliness in the workplace indicates that 37% of Australians feel lonely at work and it’s growing.

Of that 37%, 40% of lonely workers feel less productive,  36% report getting sick more often and 38% report making more mistakes. Yikes!

The workplace environment today is causing mass loneliness and employers now need to be part of the solution. Lack of connection with peers due to poor workplace layouts, no shared platforms to foster open and expressive conversation and cultures which fail to connect newcomers with existing staff are a few of the contributing factors for this isolation epidemic.

How Spare Harvest combats loneliness in the workplace

Businesses are embedding Spare Harvest into the workplace via tailored Business Partnerships Programs so their staff can connect with each other and share what they have spare in their kitchens and gardens,while making a positive social and environmental impact at the same time.

“We add a touch of ‘personal’ into the workplace providing a conversation prompter for employees and leaders to share personal stories, exchange what they have spare at home and make a difference,” Chief Connector, Spare Harvest Helen Andrew said.

“These meaningful connections encourage staff to stay connected and engage with each other, regardless of department or title with the added benefit of creating a positive social and environmental difference in the world.

“All this connected and impactful engagement helps employees feel valued, creating intangible goodwill that strengthens the workplace culture, improves overall wellbeing and enhances productivity.”

Becoming the responsible employer millennials seek

The workforce culture is changing rapidly and it is expected that millennials will make up to 75% of the workforce by 2025.

Millennials want to make a positive difference in the world and are looking for socially and environmentally responsible employers.

This responsibility goes beyond corporate giving and philanthropy to make a commitment to good that is woven into the fabric of the corporate culture.

“The days of rewards and incentives are numbered, whereas partnerships with social enterprises like Spare Harvest are the future for businesses to remain relevant, progressive and to lift wellbeing and productivity while increasing their profits,” Ms Andrew said.

Learn how we can bring a bit of personal into your workplace at