The COVID pandemic forced people to work from home and left many questioning the value of going back into the office. Employee surveys suggest that most workers want to retain some form of remote work, either full-time or hybrid. In response to this shift, large companies have announced hybrid work plans. It seems that fully working on-site is a thing of the past.
There are many emotional, societal and environmental benefits to remote work. No longer are employees tied to city centers with higher costs of living, and reduced travel will lower greenhouse gas emissions. There are also benefits to companies, with some research suggesting that remote workers are more productive. Yet challenges like Zoom fatigue exist. How do organizations navigate this new normal?
Hosts and Darden Professors Yael Grushka-Cockayne and Mike Lenox speak with colleague Roshni Raveendhran, whose research focuses on understanding the future of work. She examines how technological advancements influence organizational actors, workplace practices and the management of employees. In doing so, she develops insights about how organizations can effectively integrate novel technologies into the workplace to manage employees and address the changing nature of work.