For the millions of people who found themselves working from home almost overnight, professor Kimberly A. Eddleston has some advice: “Taking a nap while you’re working in your bedroom? That’s an occupational hazard.” And for people who telecommute regularly, she has some good news: New research suggests that people who routinely work from home are no less likely to be promoted than those who don’t.
In recent years, globalization and advanced technologies have increasingly given companies the ability to allow employees to work remotely. So how has this trend changed the game for businesses and the lives of their workers? We talked to Jay Mulki, associate professor of marketing in the College of Business Administration, who is conducting research in this area and recently presented at a conference sponsored by Care.com in New York City.