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Remote Working Bad for Employees Morale

A report compiled by Timothy Golden, associate professor in the Lally School of Management & Technology at Rensselaer, showed that while remote working could boost morale and have other beneficial impacts on tele-workers, it can have the exact opposite effect on whoever is left behind in the office.

In what appears to be a case study loosely related to the equity theory (opens in new tab), Golden found out that "Non-tele-workers who are less satisfied with co-workers may tend to find the workplace less enjoyable, have fewer and weaker emotional ties to co-workers, and generally feel less obligated to the organization."

The report studied a sample of 240 professional employees from a single medium size company and as such it might have been influenced by a number of factors such as location - the research was carried out in the US, the amount of time non tele-workers engage with Tele-workers and so on.

The report's result might help manager understand and take action to diminish any adverse impact of tele-working.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.