How can workplaces better encourage social connection and belonging?

Employees are feeling lonelier now more than ever. With the shift to hybrid work and rapid adoption of digital communications, employees are reporting record-breaking levels of loneliness. What does this mean for the future of work?

At the workplace, loneliness can lead to poor performance, reduced productivity, absenteeism, and turnover. To combat this, we need to do more than simply increase face-to-face interactions. We need to design a future of work that supports deep, meaningful human connections.

But how can we do this? How can we create workplaces that foster social connections and facilitate human belonging? 

Join us for our upcoming webinar on Wednesday, April 26th from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT, where we'll discuss the science behind loneliness and how behavioral design can help us build better workplaces. Our panel of experts includes Dr. Ada Le, Paul Snowdon, Andy Chern and host John Breen who will provide valuable insights into the problem and solutions through a behavioral science and design lens. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn how to create a workplace culture that prioritizes human connection and belonging. Register now and secure your spot in this important conversation.

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Key takeaways

  • Understanding the science behind loneliness and its impact on the workplace
  • Insights on how behavioral design can be used to improve workplaces and build better social connections
  • Understanding of the role of behavioral design in creating healthier, more connected workplaces.
  • Strategies for fostering social connections and creating a sense of human belonging in the workplace
  • Real-world examples of effective workplace designs that promote social connection and well-being
  • Actionable steps for employers to implement in order to create a more socially connected workplace environment


John BreenExecutive Director Health Strategy, kyu Collective

John Breen

John BreenExecutive Director Health Strategy, kyu Collective

Executive Director Health Strategy, kyu Collective

John Breen is the Executive Director of Health Strategy at kyu. In his role John drives kyu’s efforts to imaginatively explore, define and address the big questions that will shape the future of healthcare by harnessing the talent and experience of the kyu health community. Our goal is to unlock new thinking, innovate unique offerings and catalyze systemic change.

Dr. Ada Le Vice President Healthcare Strategy, BEworks

Dr. Ada Le

Dr. Ada Le Vice President Healthcare Strategy, BEworks

Vice President Healthcare Strategy, BEworks

Ada is a seasoned expert in behavior change. She uses an understanding of the human mind to solve complex organizational challenges and to bring a different way of thinking. At BEworks, Ada works with Fortune 1000s on innovation, market demand, consumer adoption, and communication strategies. Her broad sector expertise and strategic oversight gives her a unique perspective into how organizations can more deeply and accurately understand consumer needs.

Dr. Paul Snowdon Assistant Professor, Strategic Management, McMaster University

Dr. Paul Snowdon

Dr. Paul Snowdon Assistant Professor, Strategic Management, McMaster University

Assistant Professor, Strategic Management, McMaster University

Dr. Snowdon brings over 25 years of professional experience as an engineer, change agent, and entrepreneur into the classroom. His extensive project experience ranges across a variety of industries including government, financial services, technology, and manufacturing. As a global consultant, his client work has taken him to the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, US, and the UAE. His more recent research explores how constructs such as trust, empathy, and psychological safety are built (or destroyed) in AI enabled teams. Insights from this research will help leaders better navigate the digital transformations that are already underway in this Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Andy ChernPartner, SYPartners 

Andy Chern

Andy ChernPartner, SYPartners 

Partner, SYPartners 

Since joining SYPartners more than a decade ago, Andy has led work with organizations such as IBM, Coach, NBCUniversal, J&J, and CVS Health. From purpose and culture to corporate strategy, growth platforms, and consumer experience, Andy partners with senior leaders and their teams to envision, design, and realize futures that don’t yet exist.

He previously led the Strategy team across SYP’s New York, San Francisco, and Abu Dhabi Hubs. He enjoys writing about his experiences as a strategist—good and bad—as a way to share practical lessons and insights. And in his free time, you'll find him outdoors getting up to no good with his two boys, in the kitchen cooking up a storm, or trying to learn how to make something with his hands.


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