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0 97 50.26%
1 43 22.28%
2 16 8.29%
3 3 1.55%
4 2 1.04%
5 22 11.40%
6 1 0.52%
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Old 03-16-2018, 12:18 PM
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How many days do you work from home each week? I realise there may already be another poll on this, but it's useful to have another one to see if things have changed since the last one.
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From a thread about 3 years ago, it seemed like more than a few people commented that working from home limits your upward potential.

Is that attitude still there? Say you perform just as well at home as in office. Are you more likely to be promoted if you are in the office 5 days a week versus 3?
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From a thread about 3 years ago, it seemed like more than a few people commented that working from home limits your upward potential.

Is that attitude still there? Say you perform just as well at home as in office. Are you more likely to be promoted if you are in the office 5 days a week versus 3?
I would say your potential is capped if you are full time remote. Not sure how much extra potential you gain from being in the office 4 days instead of 3 days though.

currently Im at 1 day a week without issue. Im thinking about pushing this to 2-3 a week though. Biggest down side side is network speeds at home. biggest upside is privacy at the home office. the cube farm at work is soul crushing.
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From a thread about 3 years ago, it seemed like more than a few people commented that working from home limits your upward potential.

Is that attitude still there? Say you perform just as well at home as in office. Are you more likely to be promoted if you are in the office 5 days a week versus 3?
Promoted to what? Doing the same thing before the promotion? Probably not. And that would not be a "promotion" as much as it is, "we'd like to pay you more, and the only way to do that is to put you in a higher HR bracket," type thing.

If we consider promotion as "being responsible for a lot of work that requires your managing other people," then maybe working exclusively from home does not provide the decision-makers with enough information to believe that a home-worker can manage. And will give that job to someone else.

The flexibility of a company to allow WFH seems, to me, to be a very productive way to do business. As a requirement (by the worker), yeah, it's probably still a bit stifling, career-wise.
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From a thread about 3 years ago, it seemed like more than a few people commented that working from home limits your upward potential.

Is that attitude still there? Say you perform just as well at home as in office. Are you more likely to be promoted if you are in the office 5 days a week versus 3?
My firm has become more open to it over the past 5+ years. At one point I felt it was holding me back, but the past few years (also coinciding with finishing exams), my role has advanced/expanded.
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From a thread about 3 years ago, it seemed like more than a few people commented that working from home limits your upward potential.

Is that attitude still there? Say you perform just as well at home as in office. Are you more likely to be promoted if you are in the office 5 days a week versus 3?
I think it limits your career if you can't be in the right place at the right time. I've also noticed that development is also slow at satellite offices compared to HQs.

That being said, for me, the vast majority of the time, simply being in the office doesn't help - although this is specific to me and not necessarily other people. Most of the time, my boss is out of the office because he's busy traveling and pitching to clients. In those cases, I might as well stay home because I won't be doing any face-to-face meetings. 3-4 days out of the week, it's like this. It also helps that my team is small, but as we grow, I expect to show up more often.

However, in those situations where he'll be there, or C-level people will be there, etc., I can and will go to the office. That wouldn't be good if I couldn't.
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From a thread about 3 years ago, it seemed like more than a few people commented that working from home limits your upward potential.

Is that attitude still there? Say you perform just as well at home as in office. Are you more likely to be promoted if you are in the office 5 days a week versus 3?
I still think it definitely limits your potential, but it depends what kind of role you ultimately want as an actuary. If you're happy being a technical, individual contributor for your whole career, then it likely doesn't matter as much. If you want to rise into a management or leadership position and start to partner with other areas beyond just actuaries then I don't see it happening easily if you're not visible to senior management.
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0 but only because I hate working from home
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and i live 15 mins drive from the office
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I voted 5 days, that I assume you refer to 100% WFH.

But I do travel sometimes. Like once every month or two.

Also I don't think it limits my ability to get promotions.

Also I don't think I can ever go back to an office setting. I feel like I'm much more productive working from home. My kids are young and the flexibility a WFH job provides and the time that I get to spend with my kids is much more valuable to me than anything else.
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