Is Remote Work Good for Women? | Financial Times

Workforce Trends

Last week, I shared Deloitte’s 2024 Women@Work report, summarizing key findings from its survey of approximately 5,000 women across 10 countries regarding various aspects of the workplace. One notable finding is that just 1 in 10 women feel comfortable openly discussing the need for increased work flexibility, and a staggering 95% believe that seeking or using flexible work options impacts their chances of promotion. This new Financial Times article highlights a study (working paper, The Power of Proximity to Coworkersshowing that remote work disproportionately diminishes the amount of feedback women receive compared to men. This data point suggests that one trade-off of increased remote work, particularly for women, is less frequent feedback, potentially impeding career development and advancement. While the study focuses only on software engineers at a Fortune 500 company, it offers an empirical data point to consider. As HR and talent practitioners increasingly turn to evidence-based research to inform talent management and workplace practices, I am resharing my one-page cheat sheet with four studies on different aspects of the workplace, such as return-to-office mandates.