, author and organizational psychologist, hosts the WorkLife
podcast where he interviews professionals from all walks of life to help us rethink how we all work, lead, and live. In a recent episode, “The Dos and Don’ts of Returning to the Office
,” Grant chats with Nick Bloom
, a Stanford economist and leading researcher on remote and hybrid work, and Tsedal Neeley
, an expert on work and technology at Harvard Business School (both of whom bring decades of research experience to the questions and answers surrounding the efficacies of hybrid work).
In 2010, long before talks of RTO and a pandemic, Bloom led a randomized trial experiment at a Chinese multinational company with over 30,000 employees in which employees were either assigned to work remotely or stay in the office entirely. After six months regardless of departments and teams, the remote employees were 13% more productive (taking fewer and shorter breaks) and half as likely to quit. Then, after the pandemic began, Bloom began surveying 5,000 Americans per month revealing that remote employees saved 70 minutes per day on average by not commuting to work, and they averaged about 30 extra minutes per day on their work.