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Survey: On-site Workers Get Career Edge

On-site workers have an edge over remote workers in hiring and promotion, a recent ADP Research Institute survey has found. But results also illustrate issues surrounding work locations are very complex.

The survey of 9,000 workers in the United States found 58 percent of on-site managers prefer on-site workers for hiring and promotion while 33 percent had no preference. If the manager was off-site, 59 percent preferred on-premise workers in the same context.

However, remote workers were more likely say their teams are collaborative—62 percent compared to 47 percent of onsite employees—while 66 percent of remote workers say the teams are supportive 66 percent versus 59 percent. And remote workers are less likely than on-site workers to say teams are gossipy—9 percent versus 20 percent---or cliquish,  7 percent versus 10 percent.

Moreover, 72 of hybrid workers say they receive constructive feedback about their work compared to 64 percent of remote workers and 57 percent of those onsite.

The survey found the sense of team connection for hybrid workers is strongest among those with children under 18 years old, cited by 83 percent of those respondents. That was the case with 62 percent of other colleagues.

Managers perceive on-site employees are being more productive—44 percent---and undistracted, 48 percent while the numbers were 38 percent and 32 percent for remote workers. There were 14 percent who saw no difference in productivity and 15 percent with the same opinion about distractions.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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