Blurring of work/life boundaries causes stress in remote workers
The perception of being perpetually “on-call” can place a great strain on both employees who work from home and their families.
To lessen worker anxiety, employers should lower their expectations for workers to monitor electronic communication outside of work, or at least establish boundaries. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Even if employees are allowed to have
“flexible hours” when working at home, the perception of being perpetually “on-call” can place a great strain on both them and their families, according to the study, “ Killing me softly-electronic communications monitoring and employee and significant-other well-being,” by a team of researchers led by William Becker, a Virginia Tech associate professor of management.
“The competing demands of work and non-work lives present a dilemma for employees, which triggers feelings of anxiety and endangers work and personal lives,” Becker says.
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