Love it or hate it, for many industries, working from home appears to be here to stay. But could working from home be disadvantaging your career prospects?…
A recent survey for a BBC article suggested most people do not believe workers will return to the office full time.
“A total of 70% of 1,684 people polled predicted that workers would “never return to offices at the same rate”. The majority of workers said that they would prefer to work from home either full-time or at least some of the time.”
For many, working from home has had many advantages. Less commuting, location independence and better work-life balance. Half of those surveyed thought that women’s careers might be boosted by home-working, helping with childcare issues.
On the other hand, the research for the BBC suggests that while some inequalities might have improved, some may have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Does working from home affect your career…
According to the article, more than 60% of those surveyed thought young people would struggle to progress without face-to-face contact or in-person mentoring.
Some employees who have been onboarded during the pandemic are still to meet their co-workers. Apprentices have never been on site. This has been detrimental to the overall work experience for many, in particular young people.
According to a survey by LinkedIn, 87% of UK business leaders say young peoples professional learning experience has been impacted by the pandemic. Young employees are often missing out on knowledge from experienced workers through office chat. “The loss of office small talk, while seemingly insignificant at first, could have a detrimental longer-term impact on career development,” says Anjula Mutanda, a workplace psychologist. “Trusted relationships and small talk can sometimes lead to big things in business environments, so if we’re out of practice, we could be missing out on opportunities.”
They have missed out on the ‘office buzz’ and bonding with co-workers. It can be harder to establish trust among virtual teams, with misunderstandings more likely to occur when people aren’t sharing body language in-person. It has also meant that new employees often have to be more vocal about the help they need and this assertiveness is not easy for all. But long term, does less facetime with managers really affect promotion chances?
It appears so. In April, Office for National Statistics data showed remote workers were doing double the overtime of their non-remote counterparts, yet were significantly less likely to be promoted or receive bonuses. This is because office-based colleagues are often perceived to be working harder possibly due to the lack of facetime with managers.
Ultimately, being seen less can result in employees being thought of less. Remote working can mean people miss out on the informal opportunities to get noticed by their employers. While technology allows us to communicate and collaborate easily, those working from home have fewer chances to chat to managers in-person. Often, it’s these “watercooler moments” that can lead to new opportunities and professional development.
So, if you are working from home, remember to actively build trust, assert yourself and your value and keep yourself involved!
What are your thoughts? We would love to know. Whether you want to work from home or 100% office based contact Allstaff today on 0141 887 1137 to see what we can do for you…