The Dark Side of Working in a Virtual World: An Investigation of the Relationship between Workplace Isolation and Engagement among Teleworkers

The results indicate statistical significance in that workplace isolation scores predicted employee engagement scores

Russell Davis; Steven Cates

2013

Scholarcy highlights

  • Recent advances in information technologies have made it possible for organizational workers to become untethered from their traditional office setting Golden, Veiga, & Dino, 2008
  • The results indicate statistical significance in that workplace isolation scores predicted employee engagement scores
  • A two- independent-sample t test is conducted to determine if there is enough evidence to suggest the mean workplace isolation scores are related to gender
  • Leaders of organizations can use the results of this study to assist in the development of teleworking engagement strategies that target reducing workplace isolation perceptions to enhance engagement for teleworkers, and to address possible issues related to increased perceptions of isolation across gender
  • Descriptive statistics and a two-independent-sample t test were conducted to determine whether there is a relationship between workplace isolation scores and gender
  • This research has provided results that indicate there are critical issues between workplace isolation and employee engagement among those who work in a virtual environment
  • This will be a significant area of study as more organizations choose to engage employees in virtual jobs

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