Since the lockdown measures were eased following the pandemic letting up, businesses have slowly been calling for employees to return to the office instead of having them work from home (WFH).
However, after a few years spent working from a home office, enjoying all the creature comforts it offers, getting employees to return has been an uphill battle for most business owners.
For this episode of Mass Debate, Brendyn Lotz and Robin-Leigh Chetty debate the benefits and pitfalls of working from home and returning to office respectively. We discuss which solution may be more productive, which is better for mental wellbeing and even whether working from home is better for the environment.
As it turns out there has been a lot of research into the pros and cons of working from home and returning to office, but unfortunately there is no definitive answer about which is better.
However, as we determine through our debate, the best solution depends heavily on the business and what staff require.
MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:
- Working from Home, Worker Sorting and Development – National Bureau of Economic Research
- Harvard Business Review – Research: Where Managers and Employees Disagree About Remote Work
- The Future Of Work: AI, Remote Work And The Labor Shortage
- KPMG 2023 CEO Outlook
- Fastest-Growing Remote Jobs Include Sales, Account Management – HRO Today
- Are remote workers more productive? That’s the wrong question
- Healthy and Happy Working from Home? Effects of Working from Home on Employee Health and Job Satisfaction