Does remote working do any good for your career?

Does remote working do any good for your career?

We’ve taken to remote work like ducks to water. A May 2022 report from Future Forum, which polled 10,000 knowledge workers across the U.S., as well as in Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K found that in America, 69% of people are working either in a fully remote or hybrid capacity.

Another piece of recent research estimates that 25% of all professional jobs in the U.S. will be fully remote by the end of this year. A McKinsey report from June found that when people have the chance to work flexibly, 87% of Americans take it, and this takeup is widespread across demographics, occupations, and geographies.

Our love of remote working is generational too, with Gallup data tagging the majority of remote workers as being Millennials (52%). Just 29% of Gen Xers prefer working remotely, and when it comes to Baby Boomers the figure is even lower at 17%.

So we know people are taking advantage of remote working both during and post-pandemic, but is it serving us? Author and thinker Malcolm Gladwell thinks there is room for improvement. In an interview on the Diary of a CEO podcast, he said that the people most likely to leave his company were those who came to the office the least, or who had been hired in a remote capacity.

While Gladwell is a fan of remote working himself – he is on record as preferring it – he says that the practice can be harmful for anyone aiming to grow their career.

“It’s not in your best interest to work at home. I know it’s a hassle to come to the office, but if you’re just sitting in your pyjamas in your bedroom – is that the work life you want to live,” he asked. More specifically, Gladwell was really alluding to the problem of proximity bias, which is where accidental favoritism comes into play. Post-pandemic, this plays out as a tendency to favor those who come into the office.

Entrenched inequities
Slack’s Future Forum Pulse discovered that executives, white knowledge workers, men and non-parents are opting into in-office work at higher rates, which gives them that proximity bias advantage over workers who want to remain remote.

Those workers include moms, 83% of whom want more flexibility. Other under-represented groups preferring location flexibility are Asian/Asian American (88%); Black (83%) and Hispanic/Latinx (81%).

While workplace flexibility clearly suits workers, the survey went on to point out that because specific cohorts (who are already under–represented in the workforce) are taking wider advantage of it, this could actually lead to an entrenching of existing inequities.

There are other factors to consider as well. Stress levels rise as a result of managing a remote and in-office mix. A recent global study discovered that 80% of people leaders said it was exhausting for employees.

For the youngest workers who may have started their first job during the pandemic, going into the office is an essential part of the workplace puzzle. Being present with colleagues will help them master key face-to-face communication skills, learn about team building and help them to feel connected to, and understand the organization they are working for as a whole.

Source: thehill.com

Senior writer at the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
September Food Dive study: Grocery shoppers prefer expired food to save money
Grocery shoppers have become resourceful amid America’s ongoing record inflation, which has spiked grocery prices
Spotify and Apple might remove Kanye West’s music from their platforms
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) urged music streaming platforms Apple Music and Spotify to remove
NASA sends a crew capsule to the Moon. Is Mars the next?
NASA’s new mega moon rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), soared into space early Wednesday
Cryptocurrency is facing a crisis
Cryptocurrency is facing a crisis of confidence after popular crypto exchange FTX filed for bankruptcy,
World’s best property investments: What to focus on nowadays
As a mother and global co-head of Blackstone Real Estate, Kathleen McCarthy said she understands
Enjoy Halloween – But Safety First
This year, Halloween falls on Monday, Oct. 31, which means it’s time for residents to
US Attorney: How to Combat Fraud Against Seniors
In connection with the Department of Justice’s announcement of its Elder Justice Sweep earlier today, United
Top 20 Most Popular Ways To Say “Thank You”
The traditional handwritten "thank you" letter is no longer the most popular way to express
How to care for your dog’s mental health
Dogs are our best friends, they're always there to comfort us and put a smile
Solving problems when you have a toxic person around
Many of us have a family member who makes us feel uncomfortable whenever we see