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Trends, Benefits, and Costs of Working Remotely

A new assessment indicates that working remotely is a growing trend, and while it is associated with higher organisational commitment, job satisfaction, and job-related well-being, these benefits come at the cost of work intensification and a greater inability to switch off.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:01 am EDT
"Work is gradually being detached from traditional places such as the office, factory, or shop. Our study also shows that employers benefit from increased effort as workers strive to show that working remotely is not a slacker’s charter"

A new assessment indicates that working remotely is a growing trend, and while it is associated with higher organisational commitment, job satisfaction, and job-related well-being, these benefits come at the cost of work intensification and a greater inability to switch off. The findings are published in New Technology, Work and Employment.

“Work is gradually being detached from traditional places such as the office, factory, or shop. Our study also shows that employers benefit from increased effort as workers strive to show that working remotely is not a slacker’s charter,” said Prof. Alan Felstead, co-author of the analysis. “However, remote workers find greater difficulty in redrawing the boundaries between work and non-work life.


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Link to Study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ntwe.12097/full

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New Technology, Work and Employment presents analysis of the changing contours of technological and organisational systems and processes, to encourage an enhanced understanding of the many dimensions of technological change in the workplace. The journal is eclectic and multidisciplinary, inviting contributions from all the applied social sciences. Its objective is to promote understanding through conceptual debate firmly rooted in the analysis of current practice.

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