Does Working From Home Ruin Your Career?
It's true: Showing up is half the battle. In a recently-published study conducted by Stanford University, results showed that employees who work from home are more productive and happier, yet they're 50 percent less likely to get promoted compared to those who regularly come into an office.
The study included workers from CTrip, the largest travel agency in Shanghai, China, with approximately 16,000 employees. For nine months, more than 500 of these employees were allowed to work from home for four days out of a work week. In the study, workers who decided to stay at home or come into the office had the same workload.
Despite all of the advantages that resulted from people working from home, the study showed that those who came into the office were promoted twice as often as those who preferred to work from home.
This could have a lot to do with the fact that when you work from home, you lose the face-time that you would normally have with others at the office. Without these regular physical contacts, you're less likely to build relationships or make connections with your co-workers. It'll also take you longer to hear about upcoming opportunities. This is why networking is so important in today's job market.
According to another research study by Shawn Achor, author of "The Happiness Advantage," employees who are "the most unwilling to develop workplace friendships seem to be the least likely to be promoted,"
In short, no matter how well you do your job, creating relationships and putting in the face time so that people recognize and think about you is important for the future of your career.
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