teleworkaholic syndrome
n. The tendency for some home-based employees to overwork.

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It's a common reaction called teleworkaholic syndrome: the pressure to produce. It usually starts out with the telecommuters feeling excited and liberated to be working from home. They feel grateful and think they must always do more work.
—Karol Rose, "Work/Life Effectiveness", Kubu Communications, August 1, 2000

“Closet telecommuters” or “guerrilla telecommuters” have only their bosses’ permission to work at home. Perhaps managers’ greatest fear about the “office-free” lifestyle is that “teleworkers” may be “teleloafing,” but generally people put in longer hours at home than at the office, the “teleworkaholic syndrome.”
—“Why can’t time flow backwards?,” The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts), April 3, 2010

Earliest Citation:
That sense of accomplishment, however, gives way to the teleworkaholic syndrome, Fox says. Because they are producing more, and may view telecommuting as a perk, they feel they have to always do more work in order to justify their situation.
—Matthew Brelis, "Telecommuting takes back set to office life," The Boston Globe, January 17, 1999

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