Research: WFH employees feel pressured to ‘over-perform’

New data reveals insights into the mental and emotional tolls of telecommuting, which employers should be mindful of as the pandemic persists.

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Telecommuters feeling pressure to over-perform

Working from home offers a wonderful array of advantages for employees, but there are subtle pressures that can exact a toll over time.

Without the emotional bonds and benefits afforded by typical workplace camaraderie—including all those impromptu conversations and contributions that consistently reinforce your value—remote workers are feeling especially vulnerable these days. Add to that an increasingly grim business landscape marred by widespread furloughs and firings, and you’ve got a recipe for heightened anxiety.

Employees are feeling an extreme pressure to produce. That mental strain spurs a temptation to “over-perform”—or to at least create the appearance of trying hard.

Blind, an anonymous professional network that gains raw insights from more than 3 million verified tech and finance professionals, ran a survey asking:

Blind found that:

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