Wall Street Journal: They’re Talking Behind My Back: Remote Workers Feel Unsupported

Working from home may not be the Shangri-La it’s cracked up to be. In fact, remote workers are more likely than on-site workers to believe their associates don’t treat them equally, a new study shows. Employees who work from home or another remote location struggle harder than on-site workers to handle issues such as getting…

Working from home may not be the Shangri-La it’s cracked up to be. In fact, remote workers are more likely than on-site workers to believe their associates don’t treat them equally, a new study shows.

Employees who work from home or another remote location struggle harder than on-site workers to handle issues such as getting co-workers to fight for their priorities, according to a survey of 1,153 workers by VitalSmarts, a corporate-training firm. Roughly half of those who responded primarily worked remotely.

The findings of the survey, conducted in September and October, highlight “the importance of organizations figuring out how to manage remote employees,’’ said David Maxfield, vice president of research at VitalSmarts and the study’s co-author.

Distant Relations Employees who work from home or other remote locations are more likely than their onsite colleagues to report problems that can cause lower productivity, more stress and poor morale. Most U.S. employers let staffers telecommute sometimes, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

Companies say remote work improves employee satisfaction and retention while helping recruitment.

But the practice also creates challenges. According to the VitalSmarts survey, remote workers are significantly more likely than their on-site colleagues to report…

 

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