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'The Home Alone Effect'

Study finds teams increasingly amenable to office returns

Workhuman's findings are among the first to suggest — after a prolonged Great Resignation and months of tension between management and employees — that many workers may be coming around to an office return. 

"I call it 'The Home Alone effect,'" said Steve Pemberton, Workhuman's chief human resources officer, to HR Dive. "When you're stranded at home, it seems pretty cool … But after a while, the isolation begins to set in."

Isolation concerns crept up last year, as more than a year of work-from-home arrangements began to take a toll on some workers. Difficulty with the arrangement appears highly variable, with some workers reporting that they're thriving and some saying they're withering under the conditions of a home office. Women and people of color generally have said they're happier working from home compared to their counterparts, for example, while interns said they've suffered from poor communication and connection.

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