Many engineers ‘unable to discuss feelings of isolation at work’

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More than half of people working in the UK engineering sector experience feelings of loneliness, with almost a third saying it’s something they feel unable to talk to colleagues about, a survey has found.

According to research by the British Red Cross, which questioned a representative sample of over 4,000 adults across Britain, 53 per cent of those with jobs in the engineering sector say they feel lonely always, often or sometimes. Thirty-one per cent admitted that they don’t have colleagues they feel close to or can talk to about it.

The findings reflect results across all respondents, 44 per cent of whom said they often feel alone, like they have no one to turn to and half of those who do have people they feel close to or can rely on saying those people live far away from them. Almost a quarter (24 per cent) don’t have friends they feel close to or can talk to.

Within engineering, 71 per cent of those who took part said their loneliness is having a negative impact on their life, with 64 per cent worrying that it will get worse. Over three quarters (76 per cent) often feel completely alone when surrounded by people and 38 per cent have no strategies for coping with their loneliness.

The Red Cross, which co-chairs the Loneliness Action Group coalition of charities, business, public sector leaders and government, believes its findings suggest a lack of meaningful social connections could be contributing to people’s feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Executive director of communications and advocacy Zoë Abrams said: “Loneliness and social isolation doesn’t discriminate. Life circumstances can change in the blink of an eye, meaning it can happen to anyone, no matter your age or background.

“We all need someone to turn to in a crisis, but the findings of our research suggest that there are many people in our communities feeling they lack meaningful, human connections. This will be concerning for all of us to hear, no matter where we live in the UK, or with whom.”

Text KINDNESS to 70141 and donate £5 to support the British Red Cross’s work tackling loneliness.

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