There’s a difference between preaching the remote work gospel and actually practicing it. Many companies now talk a good game, yet when you look beneath the surface, they exhibit underlying proximity bias. Some common beliefs include the idea that working from home is an escape from or substandard to “real” work.
Proximity bias is the incorrect assumption that people will produce better work if they are physically present in the office and managers can see (and hear them) doing their jobs. This has been a long-standing expectation of businesses of a different era. But today, with modern technology and communication styles, it’s no longer always true. And yet people still hold themselves to this expectation—or expect it from others—creating cultural conflicts and divides between the office and remote workers.