The emotional and functional consequences of loneliness in the workplace among vice-principals

Peleg Dor-Haim*

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Abstract

The study explored vice-principals’ interpretations of their loneliness experiences in the workplace. The following questions guided the research: (1) How do vice-principals perceive the consequences of their loneliness in regard to their personal and professional lives? (2) In what ways do vice-principals perceive that their loneliness experiences are manifested? Based on 19 semi-structured interviews with Israeli school vice-principals, six categories illustrating the consequences of loneliness in the workplace were found. More than half of the vice-principals highlighted emotional consequences, and primarily noted that their loneliness was largely expressed as feeling a lack of belonging. The other vice-principals highlighted functional consequences and primarily indicated that their loneliness was marked by an absence of emotional support. Empirical and practical suggestions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Leadership in Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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