Telecommuters Cause Bad Morale? Perhaps That Is Indicative Of A Bigger Problem

from the that's-why-it's-called- dept

With increased home connectivity and gas prices on the rise, telecommuting has grown in popularity. But, a recent study warns that organizations with high numbers of telecommuters can damage traditional workers' job satisfaction. The study, published by RPI management professor, Timothy Golden, found a correlation between the number of teleworkers in the office and lower job satisfaction in non-teleworkers. Perhaps a better explanation would be that the non-teleworkers feel like they're being treated unfairly. Although studies have shown that telecommuters are happier and less stressed, the happiness actually comes not from the telecommuting itself, but from the higher flexibility and autonomy afforded by telecommuting policies. By not chaining workers to a desk for 8 hours a day (which has also been shown to stifle productivity), employees are afforded the flexibility they need to mold their job around their busy lives, and not the other way around. Golden does realizes this fact in his report, so instead of making the telecommuters feel "special," he recommends that telecommuting be approached at an organizational level rather than a case-by-case basis. Whether or not your desk sits in your house, at the office, or both, it is not the location of the desk that is important, but rather the flexibility to choose when and where you sit.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2008 @ 5:13pm

    "Did you think that maybe the reason you can be there in a moments notice is because telecommuting afforded you the opportunity to do what you need to do."

    No. The reason I can be there in a moment's notice is that I can walk to the computer. Sign in. Grab my cell phone. Begin work. I would otherwise have to get ready and dressed, get in the car or on the bus, get through traffic to the other side of the city (or farther for some people) and then go to the office and do what I could have just done in two minutes at home.

    Get of your poor little whiney me horse. Work sucks, period. If you can work from home and you like it, great. If you can't, I'm sorry but that's not my problem just like it's not my bosse's problem if he can work in a private jet commuting to his summer cottage across the country while I stare out the same window at a wall all day. *shrug*.

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