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Does working from home reduce your career opportunities?

Introduction

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Conversation Summary

So many people are now working from home at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while this offers both employees and employers benefits there is one particular aspect which is a point of concern for some people who are looking to progress their career.

The general thought is that if you are in regular physical contact with your boss or upper management of your company it puts you in a much better position for promotions. The old saying “out of sight, out of mind” is believed by some to be exactly what happens when you work from home on a regular basis. Although the flexibility of working from home will no doubt please many, it may well also scupper your chances of moving forward with your career, and should certainly be something people take into consideration before agreeing to work from home.

Questions

  • Do you work from home?
  • What are the benefits of working from home for the employee?
  • What are the benefits of working from home for the employer?
  • Do you think that working from home reduces your chances of promotion?
  • What advice would you give to people working from home that don’t want to miss any opportunity for a promotion?

Key Vocabulary

  • Employer noun
  • Employee noun
  • Promotion noun
  • Promote verb
  • Advice noun
  • Chance noun
  • Flexibility noun
  • Point of concern idiom
  • Progress noun
  • Career noun
  • Particular adjective
  • Scupper verb
  • Take into consideration idiom

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