A new article in the Harvard Business Review says that despite our increasing connectedness, society is seeing rising levels of loneliness. This epidemic is not only harming people’s health, it’s also making workers less productive and engaged at work.

To improve the workplace, former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy argues that companies need to focus on building social connections. “Our understanding of biology, psychology, and the workplace calls for companies to make fostering social connections a strategic priority,” he writes.

Is loneliness impacting your performance?