Objectif Cette étude examine un modèle qui étudie comment les variables d’interaction sociale (échanges entre dirigeants et membres (interactions entre les dirigeants et les infirmières), confiance et fréquence de communication) et la signification du travail influencent les expériences de solitude au travail des infirmières. Contexte Comme la solitude au travail peut entraîner une baisse de la satisfaction professionnelle et une détérioration de la santé des travailleurs, il est important de comprendre les facteurs qui contribuent à la solitude au travail.
Aim This study examines a model investigating how social interaction variables (leader-member exchange (interactions between managers and nurses), trust, and communication frequency) and work meaningfulness influence nurses’ experiences of workplace loneliness. Background As workplace loneliness can result in lower job satisfaction and a decrease in workers’ health, understanding the contributing factors to loneliness at work is important. Method In this cross-sectional study, Turkish nurses (N=864) completed self-report scales measuring social exchange between leaders and members, trust in leaders, communication frequency, work meaningfulness, and loneliness. To avoid fatigue and method variance influence, scales were completed over two testing times (separated by a month). Results Workplace loneliness was associated with less social interaction with leaders (lower leader-member exchange and frequency of communication), less trust in leaders, and lower reports of meaningful work. Conclusion The results suggest that workplace loneliness can be reduced when managers exchange more information and communicate more frequently with their nurses. Workplace loneliness is also reduced when nurses trust their leaders and find their work meaningful. Implications for Nursing Management Managers supervising nurses need to be aware that workplace loneliness occurs and that their interactions and relationships with the nurses will have an impact on experienced workplace loneliness.