Working from home? You might face 'proximity bias' during appraisals - Times Now

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With roles demarcated as permanent work from home , hybrid and work from office, employees who work remotely are concerned that ‘proximity bias’ may curtail their chances of getting promotions and salary hikes. Employees worry that those who work from office have an upper hand over workers performing their roles remotely.

Working from home? You might face 'proximity bias' during appraisals, promotions Photo : iStock

With roles demarcated as permanent work from home , hybrid and work from office, employees who work remotely are concerned that ‘proximity bias’ may curtail their chances of getting promotions and salary hikes. Employees worry that those who work from office have an upper hand over workers performing their roles remotely.

While companies say there will be no differentiation between employees working from home and those working from office, HR managers say the ‘proximity bias’ is a grey area as managers may be tempted to rate employees working from the office higher than those working remotely.

Arvind Usretay, commercial leader, India and South Asia, Mercer Consulting (India) told Economic Times that it is fair to say that proximity bias is real. “Managers may unknowingly, or through personal preference, value higher the performance of workers who spend more physical time in the office, have frequent contact with leadership or are more visible through meetings etc. This may well lead to disparities between remote/hybrid workers and workers-in-office. ”

Panasonic India said it ensured that there was no difference in hikes given to work-from-home employees compared to others. Adarsh Mishra, Panasonic India’s Chief human resources officer (CHRO), told Economic Times said the average increments across the company was 10% for the year.

Microsoft India said it is yet to come across the phenomenon of proximity bias, adding that hybrid model is most common across most jobs.

“It's too early to say how the distance bias will play out in performance appraisals… Being human, this will happen; we have not encountered this yet,” HR head Ira Gupta said.

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