Barrington Health: New Study Highlights Downside of Working from Home

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Telecommuting, also known as working from home, may create a lonely environment for the people who work in the office, according to a recent study.

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Many businesses offer telecommuting as a work-life bonus, allowing employees to spend time with their loved ones and have more control of their schedules. Working from home also saves companies money and allows them to employ people who live far from the office.

The study, published in the journal Academy of Management Discoveries, surveyed a company with more than 600 people, asking them about their thoughts and feelings on both working at home and in the office.

The researchers found that employees who worked in the office ended up feeling lonely and isolated. And many of the employees who worked at home felt the same way and wanted to come into work because they needed social interaction. Due to the large number of telecommuters, they found themselves not having office lunches, hallway interactions with coworkers or small talk at the office.

“This is not a surprising finding,” says Dr. Chandragupta Vedak, psychiatrist at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois. “When we think of work, we often think of the paycheck as the only reward. In reality, the benefits of a job go well beyond compensation.”

Dr. Vedak says that the office provides a place to socialize, brainstorm, form new relationships, celebrate successes and mourn losses.

“Telecommuting makes that all go away both for telecommuters and those left behind in the office,” he says.

Professor Kevin Rockmann, co-author of the study, suggested workplaces increase communication technology like email, instant messaging and video conferencing to make up for the lack of physical connectedness.

“Companies that permit employees to decide where they work should be aware that this practice can take on a life of its own and should make sure they have the means to bring teams together – in person and face-to-face – as often as needed,” said co-author Michael Pratt of Boston College, in the study’s news release.

* Article originally published here at achealthenews.com.


Located at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington, Illinois, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is an acute care facility with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. With a nationally-recognized cancer program, renowned cardiac care and an extensive range of outpatient services, Good Shepherd Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit AdvocateHealth.com/gshp.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington

About the Author

Kallie Kouvelis is a public affairs and marketing intern at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois. CLICK HERE to read the latest articles Kallie has written for Advocate Health’s Enews platform at ahchealthenews.com.

Kallie also contributes to our Barrington Health series at 365Barrington.com focused on advice from area physicians, the latest medical news and trends toward better health in and around Barrington, Illinois.

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