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Remote Work a Double-Edged Sword for Women's Career


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Virtuality-gender interactions simultaneously improve and undermine women's work and non-work outcomes.

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Remote work has advantages and disadvantages, but researchers at George Washington University are finding that, for women especially, virtual work can harm a career as much as it can help.

While virtual work allows women more control over their work-nonwork boundaries, it also blurs the lines between those boundaries, according to the study by Isabel Villamor, a recent Ph.D. graduate from the GW School of Business, and her Ph.D. advisor, Sharon Hill, published in the Academy of Management Annals. Kira Foley of George Washington University and Ellen Ernst Kossek of Purdue University are also co-authors.

The constant connectedness of remote work not only interferes with family responsibilities outside of regular work hours, but also interrupts work responsibilities when tending to family.

Remote work arrangements may offer opportunities for job growth, but also limit career advancement. Virtual work settings promote women's social integration in the workplace while leading to their exclusion as well.

From George Washington University
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