We’ve seen a huge shift towards remote working with many companies making the permanent shift to remote work, and most new companies starting out as remote native.
Employees across the world are realising they don’t need to be in the office 5 days a week to get their work done and perform at a high level, and for companies it means huge amounts saved on physical real estate.
A lot of companies are also taking a hybrid approach, with some local office hubs where most people are based, but still hiring remotely as well. This is creating a ‘proximity bias’ which many UK workers are starting to worry about.
Perhaps you work for a London HQ company that is hiring remotely across the UK, and you’re based in Leeds. If leadership sits in London and your peers are going in a few times a week - could this hinder your career progression? Many UK workers think so
It will be interesting to see with remote and hybrid working becoming the norm how companies will start to tackle proximity bias. A few fully remote startups I’ve spoken with this year have made intentional plans to not have too many employees in one city to counter this, or on the other hand making the pledge to never have a permanent office space and be a truly distributed workforce.