Study Finds Women Who Work Remotely Are More Likely to Get Promoted
A recent survey conducted by Ultimate Software found that 57% of women working remotely were promoted in the last year, compared to only 35% of women who worked in-office. They were also more likely than their in-office counterparts to report that they felt there was room for growth in their roles.
Remote work has long been championed as a way to help women excel in their careers because of the flexibility it offers. Whether less emphasis on seat-time and more emphasis on results is actually a key driver of these positive results is unclear, but this study certainly supports the notion that remote work is good for women.
Read on for highlights of the study's results, and check out the full report and methodology here.
For Women, Remote Work Offers Advantages:
- Women who work in-office were the most likely of all groups to report feeling guilty for taking time off
- Women who work in-office are the least likely compared to all groups to believe that HR understands their concerns/needs
- Women who work remotely are twice as likely as women who don't to leverage HR to resolve issues
- Compared to all groups, women who work in-office were the least likely to report that they felt there was an opportunity for growth in their current role
- Men who worked in-office were much more likely to report feeling their current roles offered opportunities for growth than women who worked in-office, while there was hardly any difference between women and men who worked remotely.
Percentage of Women & Men Who Reported That Their Current Roles Offered Opportunities for Growth
- Compared to all groups surveyed, women working remotely had the highest percentage of promotions in the last year. Women working in-office had the lowest.
Percentage of Women & Men Who Reported Promotions in the Past Year
Compared to In-Office Workers, Remote Workers were...
- 40% more likely to have been promoted in the past year
- More likely to report that their company was invested in their growth
- More likely to say that their working location contributed to decreased stress (50% of remote workers vs. 19% of in-office)
- Network with top executives even if you aren't looking for a new role
- First look at flexible, work-from-home, in-office roles
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First, their roster of engineering interviewers started to dwindle as rising concerns about COVID-19 led some of them to start working from home in January and February, remembers technical recruiter Grace Kim. "We needed to rethink how we conducted our onsite interviews with a limited pool," she says.
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