Almost half of workers say that remote work torpedoed their career progression

 


Some 48% of workers in the US and UK say lack of face time with employers during the pandemic has stalled their career progression, according to new data from talent platform Beamery.

Beamery's Talent Index collected opinions between August and September from 5,000 workers across the UK and US.

While remote work during the pandemic has broadly been popular with white-collar workers, they also perceived it had a detrimental effect on their prospects.

This frustration is fuelling the Great Resignation, with 53% of workers considering resigning over the next 12 months, Beamery found. Millions of workers in the US and the UK have quit their jobs both in blue-collar and white-collar work, with employers struggling to fill a burgeoning number of posts.

Remote work has also disrupted workers' plans for their future and shifted their priorities during the pandemic. Nearly two-thirds of workers said their own career goals had changed.

Despite its popularity, remote work has its downsides, including an illusion of flexibility, according to Beamery CEO Abaker Saidov.

"There is this kind of fallacy that 'Oh, you're not commuting, therefore you save more time in the day,' but because you're having so many meetings people are actually on average working more hours in the day and having more meetings in the day than they used to," he told Insider.

Data backs Saidov up. US productivity was up 3% during the pandemic, particularly in remote jobs, according to an analysis by Goldman Sachs. Separate data indicates workers are feeling more burned out, implying they are working longer hours.

"What's under the cover of flexibility is actually higher stress levels, higher mental health challenges, higher frustration, and lower career progression," Saidov added.

Workers also have higher demands on the office for when they do return, with 26% wanting better training and career guidance, and about a quarter seeing mental health support as a top priority.

Although older millennials and younger Gen Xers are leading the broader resignation trend, Beamery found Gen Z feels the issues of remote work most acutely, with 66% saying remote work had hindered their development.

Saidov said employers need to understand that there shouldn't be a "one size fits all" format in the workplace because "every situation is individual." 

"We have known for a long time now that in education, people learn differently," he said. "It's not a one size fits all model, and so modern education systems create lesson plans and education plans that cater to different ways of learning.

"In the same way employers providing opportunities for different ways of working need to be similar. Some people work better in different formats and different hours and different styles."


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