Remote Workers Received 31% Fewer Promotions Than Office Colleagues

A new study suggests remote workers are often passed over for promotion because their bosses don’t see them face to face.

The analysis by Live Data Technologies was conducted on two million white-collar workers.

They found almost 6% of workers who were in the office at least on a hybrid basis were promoted last year.

Company bosses even admitted they were more likely to promote staff who “made the effort to show up”. This includes raises or better assignments in general.

Staff who worked at least some time in-person were better able to network and were perceived as more committed.

Another survey of 1,325 chief executives in 11 countries by KPMG found 87% of them favored in-office workers.

About 20% of US workers are fully remote, but many more work a hybrid model.

Remote workers also suffered a lack of mentoring and feedback compared to their in-office colleagues.

Research of a Fortune 500 tech firm found engineers who worked in the office with their colleagues received 22% more feedback on their code.

The most common three days a week in the office model was sufficient to provide enough face time, researchers found.

Experienced workers who already had a proven track record and existing professional relationships were more able to mitigate or avoid the drawbacks of working from home.


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