Anyone who’s worked from home this past year knows the experience brought many joys & also many sorrows. The upsides included nonexistent commute times, the freedom to dress as we liked, the constant companionship of our pets – and more time spent with our family members (just as long as they lived in our same dwelling).
But the downsides have been compelling too. Many of us felt lost, isolated, out of synch and missing our colleagues. We also had too many ZOOM calls and worked more hours than ever before.
With respect to working from home throughout 2020, none of us really had a choice. The COVID pandemic forced it upon us – even though the experience now seems likely to permanently change how many of us work going forward.
As organizations around the world are seeing the emergence of a COVID vaccine accelerate their ability to bring workers back to the office, workplace leaders are needing to decide their next course of action. Will they return to normal and act as if the work-from-home experiment never happen? Will they, as Twitter did, tell employees they can work from anywhere – forever? Or will they embrace what many believe will be a “happy medium,” a hybrid solution where we work in the office some days, and remotely the others?
Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley is one of the world’s leading experts on remote working having begun research on the subject two decades ago. And she joins us on the podcast at a remarkably well-timed moment. Not only are we all wondering what the best outcome will be for ourselves as employees, many of us are also wondering which outcome will prove to be most manageable for us as leaders long-term.
Tsedal is the author of the new bestseller, “Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding From Anywhere,” which is the focus of our discussion – and which provides compelling insight into all that’s been learned about remote working and remote leadership. Whatever decisions you or your organization go on to make about how and where people will work in the future, Tsedal’s advice will surely prove invaluable. She’s both a delightful and brilliantly informed human being – a wonderful combination that will make your listening in hugely worthwhile.