By now, most people are aware of the benefits associated with telecommuting, including zero commuting time, reduced automobile and wardrobe expenses, improved quality of live, increased productivity, and greater work-life balance.
But what about telecommuting’s downside? Yes, there is a downside. People who telecommute often feel out-of-the-loop with their employer, isolated from society, and overlooked when it comes to new project opportunities and promotions. Many teleworkers also state telecommute work-life balance is a fantasy as the boundaries between work and home bleed together.
The truth is telecommuters typically work more hours than their office-bound counterparts. In a study conducted by iPass, researchers found more than a quarter of work-at-home participants said they worked anywhere from 15 to 20 more hours extra a week.
It’s not surprising, then, that a study conducted WorldatWork indicates the number of people working remotely has decreased from over 33 million to over 26 million from 2008 to 2010. While teleworking trends have increased in recent years, it isn’t growing as quickly as anticipated. Whether its slowed growth is a result of a tight economy, worker’s pressure to give “face time,” or the wrong personality types taking on telecommuting jobs remains to be seen.