Economics/Class Relations

Remote work could screw you over

Nicholas Carlson  November 16, 2022

 

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There’s a new way companies are stacking the deck against remote workers.

 

Have you ever been asked to work longer hours or pick up other teams’ slack because you are in a different timezone? Then you could be a victim of time-zone prejudice.

 

In the age of remote work, many people have left coastal hubs for more affordable cities across America — meaning some may now be in different time zones from their coworkers and bosses.

 

Although many remote workers were told their time zones would be accommodated, Insider spoke to a number of employees who said they felt “lied to.” Some told us that they are “expected to be responsive 24/7” due to their time zones, while others said it’s costing them promotions.

 

The truth about time-zone prejudice.

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