Seeing is belonging: Remote working, identity and staying connected

Kristine Dery*, Ella Hafermalz

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter examines how workers in a distributed environment use technologies to overcome the isolation and invisibility of virtual work. We examine the working lives of remote workers and show how they struggle with maintaining those ‘informal’ connections with the organisation that are typically associated withe building a sense of belonging. Our fi ndings identify new practices that engage technologies to maintain visual and social connections across the organisation. In this way, remote workers are establishing a sense of bel nging and participation across the wider spectrum of organisational activities and opportunities. Insightsinto how technologies are used to build an identity and a presence in a largely virtual working environment are then used to generate a series of recommendations for the management of remote workers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Impact of ICT on Work
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789812876126
ISBN (Print)9789812876119
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Communicationtechnologies
  • Organisational belonging
  • Remote working
  • Visibility


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