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How Community Makes Us Healthier

Feb 23, 2021 « Back to The Skinny

As remote work and pandemic isolation stretches its grip around the first few months of 2021, HR leaders and employers are still facing negative repercussions from social distancing and decreased engagement.

Unsurprisingly, a sense of belonging and community is one of the top drivers of employee engagement and can greatly impact physical and mental health.

Humans are innately wired to connect with others. Studies show that when people connect with one another, they experience healthier immune systems, lower rates of anxiety and depression, an increased ability to recover from illness more quickly, and live longer lives.

On the other hand, when people don’t feel connected, their wellness suffers, and their physical and mental health can be negatively impacted—big time.

The good news is that online communities where people are trying to achieve the same goals (such as our very own NSTown) allow your employees to feel supported, even with social distancing measures in place.

The physiological benefits of being part of a community like this are far-reaching and science-backed. See for yourself!