Economics/Class Relations

Remote work could screw you over

Nicholas Carlson  November 16, 2022


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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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