Over the past two years of the pandemic, many technologists have grown to love full-time remote work. In addition to an ultra-short commute (30 seconds from bedroom to home office, for some folks), remote work allows technologists some scheduling flexibility—a lifesaver for anyone trying to juggle professional and family commitments.
But everyone isn’t happy about remote work. Some technologists find it isolating, and long for in-person interaction with work friends and colleagues. Others think it might harm their careers by robbing them of face time with bosses and mentors. Perhaps that’s one reason why hybrid work (i.e., a few days in the office per week) is an increasingly popular option among technologists; according to Dice’s 2021 Technologist Sentiment Report, some 85 percent of technologists found the prospect of hybrid work anywhere from somewhat to extremely desirable.
Do any technologists think that full-time remote work will ultimately harm their careers? We asked that question in a recent poll; here’s what we heard back:
As you can see, 46 percent of respondents don’t think remote work will do their careers any noticeable harm; meanwhile, 34 percent thought working from home might do some damage. Nineteen percent simply don’t know. That’s a lot of uncertainty.
Given how many offices are opening back up, there are plenty of positions involving either hybrid work or going back into an office full-time. But if you want full-time remote work, and you’re still worried about its potential career impacts, there are steps you can take.
For example, many technologists fear they’ll be left out of the loop on crucial decisions, or they won’t have the opportunity to network with colleagues; a possible solution is to communicate as often as possible. If they’re not already available, set up Slack or Teams channels with your colleagues, including ones for non-work-related conversation where you can bond. You should also talk with your manager about setting up virtual “get togethers” that can boost team solidarity.
For remote workers, a daily or weekly standup with a manager might not be enough—make a point of checking in more often. Keep your team leader continually updated on your project progress, and let them know if your workload has become particularly crunchy. By amplifying your presence, you reduce the chances you’ll be overlooked for everything from interesting projects to promotion.