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The Lonely Hearts Club Has Higher Blood Pressure

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At Engagient we are continuously impressed by the number of well-being related issues that stem from whether or not we have safe and secure attachments in our lives — including at work. Although blood pressure does not rank anywhere near the top of the list there was an interesting study in the March issue of Psychology and Aging that linked loneliness with higher blood pressure. Now the specific research around “loneliness” has shown correlations related to sleep, mental health, and thinking abilities. This particular research, looking at adults 50 and older, showed a general increase in blood pressure by all participants over the five-year span, but more so for those who’d been evaluated as “lonely” at the beginning of the study.

This all fits perfectly with research being done at the University of Virginia by the well-known cognitive neuroscientist, Jim Coan, PhD, whose research is demonstrating that we are only truly at our best when we are part of a greater whole, when we are connected to other human beings. The implications in business are enormous, which is why enabling higher levels of employee engagement is so effective in increasing an organization’s bottom line. We will continue to talk more about attachment theory in additional blog posts.

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The following comments are for Engagient's Employee Engagement Seminar for Managers

We needed to communicate the value of fully engaged employees to our managers and supervisors, and without a doubt, Engagient’s seminar on Employee Engagement clearly told the story. Our entire management staff now understands the value to our business in having a fully engaged workforce. Engagient made sure we had the necessary tools to move forward and we now believe this will help us differentiate ourselves against our competitors.

Don’s delivery is exceptionally engaging, straight forward, and in my experience one of the best facilitators/presenters I’ve worked with. Our junior and mid-level managers were engaged the entire day and they are definitely now on-board with our new initiative. He did an exceptional job in framing the issues, and he was able to link it closely with our company’s core values on this topic.

--Dave Maresca
VP, Administration & Business Development
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