A new study, published in the Human Relations journal, finds job satisfaction is lower for employees with managers who work away from the office. Timothy Golden of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Allan Fromen of GfK Custom Research compared three types of managerial work modes: traditional (in the office), telework (away from the office part time), virtual (away from the office full time). They found that job satisfaction was 2.29 out of a one-to-five scale for workers with distant managers. In- office workers ranked slightly better: 2.36 on the job scale.
The study surveyed over 11,000 corporate workers.
According to the authors, “Results suggest that in comparison to subordinates with managers in a traditional work mode, work experiences and outcomes are generally less positive for subordinates with teleworking managers who spend a portion of the week away from the office, and they are lower as well for subordinates with virtual managers who are away from the office full time.”
They suggest that further study is needed to look at the effects of managerial work modes on subordinate experiences and outcomes.
Source: Does it matter where your manager works? Comparing managerial work mode (traditional, telework, virtual) across subordinate work experiences and outcomes, Human Relations November 2011 vol. 64 no. 11 1451-1475
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