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In the lonely century, office time gives staff the ‘social glue’ to perform better

Published 15 October 2021 in Team building • 7 min read • Audio availableAudio available

An alarming rise in loneliness is damaging our health, our communities and the bottom line. Having convinced themselves of the benefits of remote working, companies must not lose sight of the importance of regular in-person interactions, Noreena Hertz tells David Bach.

 

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