If you want to work from home, you may have to sacrifice long-term career goals to do so, new research shows.
A study by the Korn/Ferry Institute found that the while vast majority of executives embrace telecommuting as a strategy to boost productivity and allow working parents to continue their careers, they also see it as a recipe for career stagnation. Specifically, 60 percent of the executives surveyed believe telecommuting can limit career-growth opportunities, while nearly 20 percent think those who do should be paid less.
"While working at home can be beneficial for both companies and workers, it can also lead to 'invisibility' that can limit opportunities for career advancement," said Ana Dutra, chief executive officer of Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting. "It is important for telecommuters to remain networked as closely as possible with peers and leaders in the office."
Despite those drawbacks that may come from working from home, more than three-quarters of the executives surveyed have telecommuted at some point in their careers, with nearly 60 percent telecommuting now.
Nearly 80 percent of those surveyed allow telecommuting across various job categories at their companies, while 94 percent see the working from home as an important option for working parents.
"While some high-profile companies have stepped away from telecommuting, our survey shows that most enterprises still see it as an important way to drive productivity, increase retention and demonstrate inclusion in the workplace," Dutra said. "It is all about driving responsibility and accountability, whether a person works in the office or at home."
The study was based on surveys of more than 300 executives.