A recent Jabra U.K. study offers up a number of startling statistics, but the one that really sticks out is this: Fifty-five percent of office workers think home working breeds mistrust. And one in three think it can put your career at risk.
Despite the fact that working from home leads to the highest well-being of any group in the survey, and 79 percent of workers work from home or work with others that do, it’s clear that it is a source of friction and divisiveness. Only 14 percent said it is widespread and viewed as a productive alternative. On the other hand, 23 percent of women and 6 percent of men say they would only take a job if it offered remote work, even though only 16 percent of those working remotely felt like the were “part of the team.”
The problems may be tools-based, though, since in the same study Jabra found widespread dissatisfaction with IT equipment:
My bet is that the next generation of post-PC gear and communications tools might solve a lot of these remote work issues, but corporate culture is clearly lagging the realities of today’s distributed, decentralized, and discontinuous (3D) workforce.