If you’re a career-oriented person, can you afford to work from home?
Recently, a colleague and I discussed the impact that working from home might have on people’s careers. It brought to mind a blog post I wrote years ago, which was about two types of people — those who are career-oriented and those who are job-oriented.
As we consider the new workplace, these two types are more relevant than ever.
A career-oriented person has a specific end-goal that they want to achieve, and their job changes support achieving that goal.
A job-oriented person, on the other hand, remains in a position until it’s no longer satisfying, either personally or professionally. At that time, they will explore new job opportunities.
Either mindset is fine, and people can alternate between the two throughout their careers.
But when it comes to working from home, the career-oriented person is at a distinct disadvantage, because career progression can be influenced by regular in-person human connection. This is what’s meant by “staying top-of-mind.”
However, the job-oriented person has a distinct advantage because, for them to keep their job, all they have to do is complete their tasks — and in a virtual world, this could be easier than it’s ever been.