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The Future Of The Office, Working From Home

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"Interest in working from home is not just a trend, it’s a tsunami" writes Janis Allen and Mike McCarthy, co-authors of the new book "Working From Home Is Your Super Power: Your Guide To Working Remotely”

Despite widespread vaccine availability, many workers would like to keep working from home, at least part of the time. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, vaccinated or not, more than half of employees said that, given the option, they would want to keep working from home even after the COVID-19 crisis subsides.

Far fewer look forward to returning to the office full time. However, many employers are likely to revert back to pre-pandemic work arrangements. Some have even relocated due to the pandemic, moving away from metro areas in search of more space and value, which would now make commuting more difficult.

And yet, in a survey of more than 350 CEOs, human resource officers and finance leaders, 70 percent said they plan to have employees back in the office by the fall of this year according to a report by staffing firm LaSalle Network.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Michele Williams about the future of the office, why the office matters, how employees can negotiate working from home after the pandemic and how managers have been trying to foster a virtual company culture.

Later on, co-authors of the new book "Working From Home Is Your Super Power: Your Guide To Working Remotely” Janis Allen and Mike McCarthy provide listeners with tips and tricks for getting the most out of working from home.

Guests:

  • Michele Williams, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship and the John L. Miclot Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business
  • Janis Allen, business consultant, co-author, “Working From Home Is Your Super Power: Your Guide To Working Remotely”
  • Mike McCarthy, business consultant, co-author, “Working From Home Is Your Super Power: Your Guide To Working Remotely”
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer is a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River