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Episode 93 - The state of working from home

Show Notes

The shift to working from home during the pandemic has significantly altered the way businesses operate, with many finding a balance between in-person and remote work. This change seems to be persisting even as lockdowns end, suggesting a long-term shift in our approach to work.

This week, Dan and Pia are joined by Jose Maria Barrero, an assistant professor at ITAM Business School in Mexico City. He leads one of the world's biggest research studies on working from home, and how businesses are reacting to the shift to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Takeaways from Dan and Pia

Three reasons to listen

  • Learn about the evolution of working from home trends over time, as observed through extensive research.
  • Understand the dynamics and preferences of remote and hybrid work models from both the employee and employer perspectives.
  • Discover the impact and potential future of working from home on productivity and organisational structure.

Episode highlights

  • [00:07:18] Working from home in 2020
  • [00:12:23] Changes in expectation of paid work-from-home days
  • [00:14:31] Digging into productivity data
  • [00:18:40] The drivers for returning to the office
  • [00:21:03] The impact of working-from-home on real estate
  • [00:23:37] The picture four years from now
  • [00:26:25] What leaders should consider today
  • [00:28:38] The extra hour in our days
  • [00:31:25] Jose's media recommendations
  • [00:32:16] Takeaways from Dan and Pia


Meet the guests

Jose Maria Barrero is an applied economist with interests in finance, macro, and labor economics, who is currently an Assistant Professor of Finance at ITAM (Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico) in Mexico City. He is one of the co-founders of the WFH Research project, which studies the shift to working from home and its implications for businesses, managers, and workers in the United States and around the world. In other work, he studies how business managers make forecasts and how they make decisions and adapt when facing uncertainty, real options, or a shifting economic environment. He obtained a PhD in Economics from Stanford University and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.