Posted February 8, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?
If you’re a remote worker, are you out of sight and out of mind when it comes to promotions? Let’s talk about this growing concern, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hello and welcome to The Perna Syndicate! This week, we’re uncovering the barriers that may be holding remote workers back. Is it true that being out of your manager’s sight means you’re also out of mind for promotions and other opportunities to advance your career?
A growing number of remote workers are worried about this very thing, giving rise to what Dr. Elora Voyles calls the Zoom Ceiling. Proximity bias, she says, is playing a major role in who is getting promoted—and who isn’t.
Face time and casual office conversations with the manager are simply harder for a remote worker to get. An in-person worker is physically closer and can easily bring up conversations regarding growth, but a remote worker has to deliberately schedule a video meeting to do so. In the day-to-day busyness, it’s easy to see how that doesn’t happen.
The other factor that can hurt remote workers is the perception among many managers that they are somehow less motivated than their peers who trek into the office. Voyles says that people who choose remote work over in-person work may also be viewed as less of a team player.
Unfortunately, these biases can be hard to overcome—but companies that want to lead the market need to lead in this area, too. Out of sight should never be out of mind.
Tomorrow: what’s the first step to overcoming the proximity bias that could be hurting the remote workforce? Let’s talk about it on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then!