Originally posted on Gigaom:
Researchers have reached a pretty strong consensus on telecommuting – it’s awesome for employees. A recent study done by Stanford researchers in China demonstrated that working remotely makes employees more productive (and profitable), while teleworkers themselves consistently tell those that ask that they love the flexibility or working where they please. But does this rosy picture of remote work extend to managers?
Maybe not, suggests a new study appearing in Human Relations and highlighted on the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest blog. The study was co-authored by a professor from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and involved polling more than 11,000 employees of a U.S. Fortune 500 company. Participants were asked how often they and their manager worked remotely, as well as about several work outcomes. BPS reports the results:
Respondents managed by teleworking managers reported receiving less feedback and professional development, a more unbalanced workload and feeling less empowered. A similar negative pattern was found for those with fully virtual managers. The effect sizes were small overall, suggesting this needn’t be a make or break issue, but the trend was there.