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Why remote workers are at risk of being axed in the tech meltdown

Working from home can provide comfort but not job security.

Tech workers who run the risk of being axed on their individual colleagues as small startups and big tech firms working remotely are similarly squeezed by rising interest rates and plunging stock prices, recruitment experts tell the Post. Huh.

Techies looking to catch up on their jobs should consider leaving their pajamas behind and heading back to the office, experts say.

Brian Kropp, head of human resources research at consulting firm Gartner, told The Post, “Managers tend to believe that employees who work remotely tend to underperform than those who come to the office.” “They are on average more likely to lay off people who are working remotely than those who come to the office.”

“Simply put: it’s out of sight, out of mind,” he said.

News comes that technical workers are getting worried about their jobs. Facebook and Instagram’s parent company Meta implemented a hiring freeze in early May, while smaller firms including Netflix, Peloton, Robinhood, Carvana and Gopuff have laid off employees in recent months.

On the Blind, an anonymous corporate message board with verified members, tech workers have been worried in recent weeks about layoffs and a possible end to remote working.

“Will the recession/layoff bring everyone back to the office?” An employee of the software company Carta wrote in late April.

A Google employee replied, “Yeah, no doubt about it.”

Another Google employee quipped, “You can’t go to an office if you’re fired.”

In a separate thread, an Apple employee wrote that tech companies missing revenue targets and laying off layoffs are a “dream to come true”. [the return to office] lobby.”

Michael Solomon, who manages software engineers and technical executives through his talent firm 10x Management, told The Post that remote work is a “great tie-breaker” for owners when deciding which employees to choose. have to shut down.

Why remote workers are at risk of being axed in the tech meltdown
“Managers tend to believe that employees who work remotely perform less well than those who come to the office,” Gartner’s Brian Kropp told The Post.
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Solomon said, “If I’m evaluating what I’m going to get rid of, I may choose to keep the one who’s in the office and has me at all times.”

But Solomon said the best technical workers will be safe whether they are in the office or not.

Solomon said, “If all things being equal, the man in the office may benefit.” “But if you’re a top performer, I don’t think it matters.”

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A Google employee quipped, “You can’t go to an office if you’re fired.”
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According to Cropp, women work from home more often than men. If companies ax employees based on whether employees work individually, they risk ending up with a male-dominated workforce, he said.

“If we are not really careful because organizations are firing people, there is likely to be a gender bias in terms of people,” said the HR expert.

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