The End of the Office: How will the pandemic affect your work, life, home?

TUE, MAY 18, 2021 (59:59)

Perhaps some people can’t wait to get back to the office, but 80 percent said they don’t want to or would prefer a hybrid schedule, according to a recent Harvard survey. Many more workers have no such attractive options. Together all of us must consider the future of work and where it happens.

Will we return to pre-pandemic conditions, or are pandemic work/life changes here to stay? Some people miss having a separate workspace and live interaction with colleagues. What do you think? Join our discussion and tell us about your experiences over the past year – for better or worse.

Nick Bloom, a professor of economics at Stanford University specializing in management practices and uncertainty, and Dr. Brad Harrington, Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Work & Family (BCCWF) discuss their research and the new balance between work, life and home.

+ BIO: Dr. Brad Harrington

Dr. Brad Harrington is the Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family (CWF) and an associate research professor in the Carroll School of Management.

CWF is the country’s leading university-based center that assists employers in their efforts to improve the lives of working people and their families. Prior to coming to Boston College, Dr. Harrington was an executive with Hewlett-Packard for 20 years, serving in business unit and global leadership roles in the US and Europe.

Harrington’s work has always focused on fostering more democratic leadership in organizations and helping people find greater meaning in their lives and their work. He is the lead author of Career Management and Work/Life Integration: Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers (Sage Publications, 2007) and The New Dad: Caring, Committed and Conflicted (2011). His research on fatherhood has garnered international media attention. Harrington is a graduate of Stonehill College and has completed graduate studies in psychology, human resources, and organizational behavior at Boston College and Boston University.

+ BIO: Nick Bloom

Nicholas (Nick) Bloom is the William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow of SIEPR, and the Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on management practices and uncertainty.

He previously worked at the UK Treasury and McKinsey & Company. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of the Sloan Fellowship, the Bernacer Prize, the Frisch Medal and a National Science Foundation Career Award. He has a BA from Cambridge, an MPhil from Oxford, and a PhD from University College London.

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