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Conquering workplace loneliness Individual or organization accountability

Sagaljit Kaur Sekhon (Guru Nanak Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India)
Manjari Srivastava (SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies – NMIMS (Deemed to be University), Mumbai, India)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 22 November 2018

Issue publication date: 1 April 2019




The paper aims to understand the role of an individual and the organization for managing workplace loneliness in special workplaces, giving insight into the manifestation of a negative organizational climate which may have an adverse impact on personal and organizational effectiveness.


This study considered the existing literature and conducted an independent survey with sailors as the sample.


Individuals experience feelings of loneliness and it is the collective responsibility of both the individuals and the organizations to help alleviate these feelings.

Research limitations/implications

The present study focused on vulnerable groups of sailors as employees working in remote workplaces.

Practical implications

The findings suggest that leaders can be sensitized to include interventions to assure quality interactions among workers and be facilitators for sharing of emotions, especially in high-risk occupations.


Studying the existence of loneliness among employees in remote workplaces like the shipping sector has received limited attention in previous studies.



Sekhon, S.K. and Srivastava, M. (2019), "Conquering workplace loneliness Individual or organization accountability", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 1-3.



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