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Personal Development
Isolation in the workplace: taking control, finding a way forward
  1. Christine Stobbs

    Christine Stobbs started her career as a counsellor/ psychotherapist and now applies her skills mainly in the area of personal and professional development, using psychological testing and coaching techniques to enable individuals and organisations to move forward. She is a partner in Doherty Stobbs, a professional consultancy firm, based in Winchester.

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ISOLATION and loneliness are often related, but not always synonymous. Often, a period of isolation can be a useful time to reflect and recharge one's batteries. However, if a feeling of isolation becomes overwhelming, it can impact on mental and physical health and become a real problem. There are a number of reasons why a person might feel isolated in the workplace - such as relocation, unsupportive colleagues or employers, shyness or simply the constraints of a demanding on-call rota. In this article, Christine Stobbs suggests some ways of handling the situation.

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