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Bosses Admit to ‘Proximity Bias,’ But Want Workers Back in Offices Anyway

Those more likely to want to work from home are already underrepresented in the highest paying jobs. 

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Among the biggest worries that executives have about remote work is a phenomenon known as “proximity bias,” meaning that the people who choose to return to offices will get ahead, while those who stay home will fall behind. 

And yet, despite that very legitimate fear — and how it might hurt underrepresented workers — most bosses still prefer working in offices, and want their underlings do the same, a survey released Tuesday finds.