Remote working results in fewer bonuses and promotions for employees, even as staff put in more hours, according to an April 2021 study by the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics, which looked at the effects of telework over the long term.
In its report “Homeworking hours, rewards and opportunities in the UK: 2011 to 2020,” it found that the average pay for those who had recently worked from home was 20 percent higher in 2020 than those who had never worked from home in their principal job.
Still, there were several negative outcomes related to remote work:
- Employees who mainly worked from home were less than half as likely to be promoted than other employees between 2012 and 2017.
- They also were about 38 percent less likely on average to have received a bonus compared with those who never worked from home between 2013 and 2020.
- Remote workers did six hours of unpaid overtime on average per week in 2020, compared with 3.6 hours for those who never worked from home.
- Remote workers were less than half as likely to use sick days, (0.9 percent on average in 2020 vs. 2.2 percent), suggesting that many employees were simply working through their sickness or injury.