Remote workers are promoted less than in-office colleagues—but there’s no difference between hybrid working and always being in-person, study finds

 Recent research challenges the notion that remote workers are at a disadvantage compared to in-office employees. While prior studies have suggested that remote workers are more likely to miss out on promotions, the reality is more nuanced. The average office worker typically splits their time between working remotely and being in the office, with only a small percentage working fully from home. This hybrid work model has been shown to have no impact on performance reviews or promotion rates compared to employees who work in the office full-time, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The study indicates that going into the office just three days a week is sufficient to ensure that an employee remains visible and engaged. However, making the most of those in-person days is crucial. It's essential to be intentional about leveraging face-to-face interactions and making a strong impression during office days. For new hybrid workers, building relationships and demonstrating impact is particularly important to mitigate the potential drawbacks of remote work.

The benefits of hybrid work extend beyond individual career prospects. Businesses stand to gain significantly from this flexible working model, with a 33% reduction in employee turnover reported. Additionally, the 3-2 work pattern, where employees work remotely for three days and in the office for two, is more efficient for companies. Many employees view the opportunity to work remotely for two days a week as a valuable perk, akin to a 6% raise.

This shift has prompted some employees, particularly younger workers, to push back against returning to the office full-time. They are advocating for benefits such as free meals, subsidized travel, and even a 21% pay increase. Companies that insist on a full-time return to the office may need to consider compensating employees appropriately to retain talent.  

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