Employee Engagement

Two thirds of supervisors prefer on-prem agents

67% of supervisors and business leaders consider remote workers more easily replaceable than onsite workers, according to a poll released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  

62% believe full-time remote work is detrimental to employees’ career objectives and 72% would prefer all of their subordinates to be working in the office. 

While most employees agree remote work is beneficial and increases performance, more than half say working remotely on a permanent basis would diminish networking opportunities (59%), cause work relationships to suffer (55%) and require them to work more hours (54%). 

SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr, said: “With Covid-19 forcing a leap to remote work in many sectors of our economy, and organizations struggling to determine the best workforce strategies post-pandemic, there’s one fact that can’t be ignored — remote work is not ideal for everyone. 

Other key findings from SHRM’s surveys of supervisors and workers include: 

  • 51% of remote workers say they spent between $100 and $499 on equipment or furniture needed to work remotely
  • 61% of remote workers who spent money on equipment or furniture paid for it out of pocket
  • 67% of supervisors say they spend more time supervising remote workers than onsite workers
  • 42% of supervisors say they sometimes forget about remote workers when assigning tasks 
  • 34% of remote workers say working remotely on a permanent basis would reduce the number of career opportunities available
  • 29% of remote workers say they will have fewer developmental opportunities while working remotely

A sample of 817 supervisors was surveyed online from July 16 to July 19; a sample of 1,004 working Americans were surveyed online during the same period. A sample of 1,500 women who work remotely was surveyed online June 16 to July 18. Respondents were sourced from Lucid. 


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