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By Doug Andrew

It’s an epidemic that’s been causing increased concern across America. It’s taking more than a toll on our emotional well-being; it’s causing physiological fallout. A recent Harvard Business Review article by former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy noted it’s “associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity.” It also impacts the workplace, limiting task performance, creativity and executive functioning such as reasoning and decision making, according to Murthy.

It’s loneliness. And experts are asking company execs to step up, step in and make a difference.

Despite all our social media, Americans are feeling less social. Because the workplace is one of the few places where Americans spend most of their face-to-face time, company leaders are poised to encourage greater connectivity, create a sense of community and ease the debilitating effects of isolation.

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