Avoid Workplace Injustice with Virtual Office Space
Tired of office politics? So are a lot of other people. In fact, psychological distress in the workplace costs American businesses about $193 billion annually, according to the National Mental Health Association.
“Psychological distress is often caused by an injustice, either real or perceived, which can lead to depression, anxiety, irritability, exhaustion and disengagement from fellow workers,” says Chester Spell, associate professor of management at Rutgers University. “Obviously none of these are beneficial to an organization.”
Spell and co-researchers Katerina Bezrukova of Santa Clara University and Jamie L. Perry, a doctoral candidate at Rutgers, undertook a study to determine if the composition of work groups could play a role in reducing psychological distress arising from injustice.
“Unfairness in the workplace affecting job performance, satisfaction and other attitudes and behaviors has been the subject of considerable research but we looked at psychological distress as an outcome of injustice,” he says.
Although the Rutgers study focused on demographics, there are other ways to alleviate office politics and feelings of injustice: virtual office space. When employees work remotely, even in flex time situations, they get at least a temporary reprieve from office politics. Virtual offices also allow employees to be more productive and can help companies reduce traditional office expenses.
Virtual offices studies show a positive impact on job performance, satisfaction and other attitudes and behaviors—the exact opposite of feelings of injustice. Sure, a virtual office won’t solve all your problems, but it can cut down on office politics that breed an unpleasant corporate culture.