Working Remotely Could Hurt Your Chances to Get Promoted

By: Anneken Tappe · January 19, 2024 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

Rising Up Remotely

The pandemic has changed the way we work in more ways than one. Once rare, working remotely is now a hallmark of the modern American white collar worker.

While CEOs spent a lot of last year calling workers back to the office, that’s expected to fade in 2024.

Working from home might be convenient — but it could also be hurting your career. Employees who work remotely full time are being promoted less than in-office workers, according to data from labor research firm Live Data Technologies.

The Cost of Flexibility

The data show fully remote workers were promoted 31% less than their in-office counterparts last year. Just 3.9% of remote employees climbed the ladder in 2023, compared to 5.6% for office workers.

Another benefit of showing up at the office? Mentorship. Remote workers, especially women and young workers, get less feedback and guidance than their in-office teammates, according to a separate study by University of Virginia researchers.

Dealing With it Differently

Some employees are choosing to work in-office in spite of flexible arrangements, as they are concerned their career could take a hit if they don’t.

Of course there’s a third option that many workers have made their new work reality: the hybrid schedule. And there’s good news here: The research found no difference in promotion rates between full-time office workers and employees with hybrid schedules.

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