Contrary to what one might think, telework is not the solution to all problems at work. A study of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, work from home would have adverse health consequences.
Working at home seems to be the ideal remedy for the tension between career and family life. Indeed, who would not have flexible hours, do not have to make trips and to spend more time with his family? Yet a recent study found that telecommuters tend to work more than their colleagues in the office. Telework would not reduce stress and fatigue, on the contrary. This type of work would be even more challenging, reports BBC .
The study also demonstrated that telework exacerbate mental and physical fatigue of employees who must manage work and personal responsibilities. Work at home with his family around you is not an easy task. On the contrary, be in his office allows to separate the two and more easily manage conflicts.
Despite the results of the study, some prefer this type of work. These people know how to effectively manage their work and family life. They are well organized and know how to prioritize the most important tasks. But those who prefer a clear distinction between family and work must establish boundaries between.
Employers seem more concerned with the control of these teleworkers to ensure that their remote job is well done. But employers should be able to impose limits to employees who can not stop working because they risk burnout and decreased productivity. The downside of flexibility at work lies in applying pressure in job availability. They must be able to react immediately, everywhere, all the time.
Teleworkers and their leaders must find common ground on work schedules and hours of availability. Some workers themselves develop strategies to avoid burnout. They clearly separate their place of work from the rest of the house to avoid distractions, establish routines and take regular breaks.
The best option might be to combine telework and work at the office. But it depends, of course, the type of work and employee personality.