Remote and flexible work opportunities are quickly becoming a differentiator for attracting and retaining top tech talent. But remote workers face unique challenges that on-site colleagues don’t, according to a new study from authors and social scientists Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, including unequal treatment and gossip, according to the study.
The study, which surveyed 1,153 employees, found the following troubling trends for remote workers:
- 52 percent of remote employees feel on-site colleagues don’t treat them equally
- 67 percent feel colleagues don’t fight for their priorities
- 41 percent feel colleagues say bad things about them behind their back
- 64 percent feel colleagues make changes to projects without consulting them
- 35 percent feel colleagues lobby against them
Worse, remote employees who experience these challenges have a harder time resolving them, according to the study. In fact, when encountering one of these issues, 84 percent say the concern dragged on for a few days or more, and 47 percent admitted to letting it drag on for a few weeks or more.
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Source: IT Strategy