The Remote Work Differences No One Talks About

Marissa Goldberg
6 min readFeb 7, 2023

When I ask people about the differences between remote and office work, they typically bring up location and lack of commute. However, there’s a lot more to it. Understanding these differences can change your entire remote work experience.

Companies that understand these differences transform everything from their hiring practices to how they manage teams. Individuals who understand these differences burn out less and know how to advance their careers without going into an office. Let’s break the differences down so you can reap the same rewards.

On a high level, the three main differences between remote and in-person work come down to:

  1. Accountability
  2. Judgment
  3. Autonomy


Accountability is all about how you get yourself to do the work. For the most part, accountability in the office heavily relies on peer pressure. In the office, you wouldn’t come in at noon because you know your coworkers would judge you and believe you’re a slacker. You would also do work (or at least attempt to look busy) because of the other people around you.

When you work remotely, this default peer pressure level of accountability disappears. Instead, your accountability relies primarily on…