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Is WFH leading to social loafing?

Social loafing describes the tendency of individuals to put forth less effort when they are part of a group, or working together as a co-located team

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Work from home | Coronavirus | employees

Sandeep Goyal 



Sandeep Goyal

One of the biggest fears of the continuing work-from-home (WFH) scenario is whether it is leading to “social loafing”, which many say is the biggest enemy of productivity and output. Others say that, in fact, WFH has been tougher on working individuals since contribution and performance are now clearly ascribable and there is no place to hide. But first, what is “social loafing”? Social loafing describes the tendency of individuals to put forth less effort when they are part of a group, or working together as a co-located team. Because all members of the group are pooling their effort to achieve a common goal, each member of the group contributes less than they would if they were individually responsible. This may appear to be counter-intuitive, but it is true.

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First Published: Fri, July 23 2021. 23:25 IST

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