Thursday, January 10, 2008

Non-homeworkers feel they're missing out, says study

Rather than the usual complaints from homeworkers that they are out of the loop and looked down upon, according to an intriguing piece in Network World by Ann Bednarz, telecommuting may be leaving 'trads' (as shedworking likes to call those who work in traditional office environments) dissatisfied and increasingly likely to leave the company. The findings come from Timothy Golden, associate professor in the Lally School of Management & Technology at Rensselaer, who studied 240 professional employees from a midsize company. Golden is quoted as saying:
"While reasons for the adverse impact on non-teleworker's satisfaction are varied, it potentially could be due to coworker's perceptions that they have decreased flexibility and a higher workload, and the ensuing greater frustration that comes with coordinating in an environment with more extensive co-worker telework. In addition, it may be that with a greater prevalence of teleworkers in a work unit, non-teleworkers may find it less personally fulfilling to conduct their work due to the increased obstacles to building and maintaining effective and rewarding co-worker relationships."
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