Can Telecommuting Hurt Your Career?

Amid the pluses, there are potential downsides to telecommuting. Here's how to head them off.

Telecommuting is a good thing for both employees and employers in many ways — including less stress for workers and increased productivity, Kim Elsbach, a professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, told Convene Podcast’s Ashley Milne-Tyte. But there are potential downsides for you and your career, she warns, including the risk of fewer promotions and lower performance evaluations compared with more visible coworkers. “It’s to your benefit to be aware of those potential risks so you can head them off,” Eisbach says.

Milne-Tyte also talks to Karen Malone, vice president of meetings and sales for HIMSS, a happy telecommuter, about the nuances of working remotely and how she and her staff make it work.

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Intro music composed by David McMillin

Ashley Milne-Tyte