Working from home leads to distrust

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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.

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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:

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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.

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