When the pandemic forced the world into various stages of lockdown and social distancing in early 2020, office life experienced unprecedented changes. White-collar staff in the developed world became subjects in a giant experiment in working from home that few firms would ever have dared try of their own volition. Adjusting to the new regime was not easy for everyone - but two years later a substantial percentage of workers in Seoul continues to work from home, at least partly. However, as infections and mortality rate drop and the country opens up, the experiment might be nearing its end.
Differences in productivity at the workplace or at home can be affected by a series of factors, including the number of people involved in the project, the complexity of the work and of course the industry itself. Some companies such as Google have proposed a two-days-a-week model, yet others such as Netflix and Goldman Sachs have expressed strong opposition to remote work and asked everyone to return to the office. In truth, there just isn't enough data to correctly assess whether productivity correlates with physical surroundings. However, there is sufficient data on what managers think.
Extreme positions about remote working reflect what our ABOS 2022 survey showed in January, i.e. that executives' opinions about increased/decreased productivity due to remote working are split. In this event, we bring together business leaders from both sides of the argument to present their views, and invite our members to take part in the discussion as to whether or not employee productivity has grown or shrunk while working from home.
Please note that there will be no "live stream" available for this event.