Most observers have focused on teleworking's effects on the people who work at home, but Golden's survey of 240 employees in a medium sized company focuses on the practice's effects on everyone else. Possible reasons for the deleterious effects include the perception that office workers have less flexibility, a higher workload, and additional hassles involved in coordinating a distributed workforce.
Ironically, the suggested cures for these ills closely resemble the advice for making life better for telecommuters themselves: Scheduling more face-to-face contact between coworkers when employees are in the office and giving employees greater job autonomy.
The bottom line: There's no such thing as a free lunch and no good deed goes unpunished. While offering some workers benefits like telecommuting may indeed be worthwhile, you have to be alert to the hidden costs to other workers and the organization as a whole.
Sources: Reuters: Telecommuting not so great for those left in office
The Business Review (Albany, NY): New study says telecommuting can hurt office morale
Network World: Teleworkers can damage main office work environment