If the Boss is a Teleworker, Employees Are Less Satisfied

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Statistic/Fact Sheet
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If the Boss is a Teleworker, Employees Are Less Satisfied
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Harvard Business Review - the Daily Stat

JANUARY 9, 2012

If the Boss is a Teleworker, Employees Are Less Satisfied

Workers whose bosses telework from remote locations get less feedback, feel less empowered, and are less satisfied with their jobs than workers whose bosses are on-site, according to a study of more than 11,000 corporate employees by Timothy D. Golden of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Allan Fromen of GfK Custom Research. While the differences are modest--the job-satisfaction average was 2.29 versus 2.36 on a one-to-five scale--they suggest that managers who work away from the office should take steps to counter the negative effects of their work mode, the researchers say.

Source: Does it matter where your manager works? Comparing managerial work mode (traditional, telework, virtual) across subordinate work experiences and outcomes