Until now, virtually all of the studies done on telecommuting have focused on the benefits for telecommuters and their employers. But new research shows there may be a hidden downside to telecommuting policies: They may cause nontelecommuters to leave their jobs.
That’s the rather startling message from Timothy Golden, an associate professor in the Lally School of& Technology at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who sampled 240 professional employees from an undisclosed midsize company to observe how telecommuting affects employees who stay in the office.
What he found: As the number of telecommuting co-workers grew, office-bound employees took less satisfaction in their jobs and felt less of a relationship and obligation to their company.
In-office employees in the study became disappointed at having fewer and weaker relationships. They also got frustrated with a perceived increase in workload and diffic...(register to read more)