Covid Lockdown showed us that we can all work from home and be productive. But how does it play out when working remotely is not a necessity and some are doing so while others aren’t? The antiquated assumption that those who work from home are less productive than those who work from the office has given rise to “visibility” concerns. In a recent survey cited in HBR, 42% of managers said they sometimes forget about remote workers when assigning tasks. This may explain why remote workers get promoted less often than their peers, despite being 15% more productive on average. While these findings are problematic on many levels, managers — new or seasoned — can take steps to mitigate this bias.
During this session host by Jenny, with a panel of experienced executive coaches Martha, Carol and Sasi, all listed in the Diverse Coaching Directory, a directory which connects corporate organisations with coaches from ethnically diverse backgrounds, discussed strategies to combat proximity bias .
48% of those who attended said they had noticed proximity bias in their workplace, 15% said they hadn’t, and 37% were unsure.
Comments from the attendees:
“Thank you Panel – taking away several gems of wisdom to bring to my daily interventions!Yolanda F
“Thank you very much, really informative”Amelia G
ONLINE COURSE: Nancy Kline https://www.timetothink.com/thinking-environment/
BOOK: Ruchika Tuslshyan’s ‘Inclusion on Purpose https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inclusion-Purpose-Intersectional-Approach-Belonging/dp/0262046555
BOOK: Jenny Garrett Equality vs Equity https://uk.bookshop.org/p/books/equality-vs-equity-tackling-issues-of-race-in-the-workplace-jenny-garrett/7311952?ean=9781803826769
BOOK: Carol Stewart – Quietly Visible: Leading with Influence and Impact as an Introverted Woman https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quietly-Visible-Leading-Influence-Introverted/dp/1913192695
ARTICLE: What Is Proximity Bias and How Can Managers Prevent It? https://hbr.org/2022/10/what-is-proximity-bias-and-how-can-managers-prevent-it
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