Over half of people working in the engineering sector feel always, often or sometimes lonely, according to research released by the British Red Cross.
The Red Cross has polled over 4,000 UK adults and found that almost a third (31%) of people working in engineering don’t have colleagues they feel close to or can talk to about it.
According to the Red Cross, the findings of the research suggest a lack of meaningful social connections could be contributing to people’s feelings of loneliness and isolation in the engineering sector.
Over two fifths (44%) of people say they often feel alone, like they have no one to turn to, and half (50%) of those who do have people they feel close to or can rely on say those people live far away from them. Almost a quarter (24%) don’t have friends they feel close to or can talk to.
The survey also found that of those in the engineering sector who felt lonely:
- More than seven in 10 (71%) said their loneliness is having a negative impact on their life, and 64% worry their loneliness will get worse
- Over three quarters (76%) often feel completely alone when surrounded by people
- Almost two fifths (38%) of people said they have no strategies for coping with their loneliness
British Red Cross 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.
“Every one of us would want someone to reach out to us if we found ourselves all alone. People who need our help may be closer than we think, and could feel much more connected if we offer them our kindness.”
The British Red Cross also co-chairs the Loneliness Action Group in partnership with the Co-op – a coalition of charities, business, public sector leaders and government who together are working to tackle loneliness in our communities and continue the work of the Jo Cox Commission.