Remote Worker Isolation: Perception vs. Reality

Offering remote work can have huge implications for both recruiting and retention.But it can also highjack your employees’ performance fast if you don’t know how to manage these workers.In 1973, engineer and physicist Jack Nilles was designing space vehicles and communication systems for NASA and the U.S.

Air Force. Out of necessity, Nilles developed a strategy to save commute time by working away from the office. Since then, this idea of using telecommunications and technology to get work done outside the office has evolved into what’s commonly called remote working.More than four in 10 U.S. employees (43%) work away from their team members at least some of the time. And the difference in their engagement — compared with employees who never work remotely — is drastic.Engagement is highest among workers who spend three to four days per week working remotely.

Isolation is one aspect of remote work that can have a negative impact on performance, even though some would argue that being alone is the point of working remotely — to be able to isolate yourself for maximum focus.But despite the potential benefits for the employee and the organization, remote work isn’t for everyone all the time.

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