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Joanna Bale

Carsten Sørensen

Connson Locke

Grace Lordan

Hailley Griffis

January 14th, 2022

What will happen to the office post-COVID?

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Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Joanna Bale

Carsten Sørensen

Connson Locke

Grace Lordan

Hailley Griffis

January 14th, 2022

What will happen to the office post-COVID?

1 comment | 6 shares

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

As many of us were gearing up to return to the office, even if on a once-a-week basis, the Omicron variant of COVID made us stick to remote working. The question is how long will this trend last? Is remote working going to be the dominant setup in the post-COVID world?

In this episode of the LSE IQ podcast (20 min), Joanna Bale talks to LSE’s Connson Locke, Grace Lordan, and Carsten Sorensen, as well as Hailley Griffis, head of public relations at Buffer, a social media management company that has never had an office. 

One academic says that those who work remotely tend to work much harder; another says that remote working can amplify our negative thought processes; and a third reveals her vision for the fourth industrial revolution. The Buffer executive says that her 84 colleagues are based in 15 countries around the world and work remotely, only meeting in person once or twice a year.

Listen here:

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About the author

Joanna Bale

Joanna Bale is co-host and co-producer of the LSE IQ podcast and Acting Head of Media Relations at LSE. She was previously a staff reporter at The Times of London.

Carsten Sørensen

Carsten Sørensen is a reader (associate professor) in digital innovation at LSE’s department of management (carstensorensen.com). Since the 1980s he has researched the digital transformation of work, for example through mobile technology and digital infrastructures. Carsten has published a number of papers on Information Systems (scholar.carstensorensen.com) and has been affiliated with a number of Danish, Swedish and British institutions. He has for a number of years assisted and assessed digital start-ups, and has actively engaged for 25 years in academic consultancy and executive education with a broad range of organisations – IMF, Microsoft, Google, Huawei, PA Consulting, Samsung, Orange, Vodafone, Intel, GEMS, to name a few.

Connson Locke

Connson Locke is Professorial Lecturer in Management at LSE’s Department of Management and author of the book “Making Your Voice Heard: How to own your space, access your inner power, and become influential.” She focuses on leadership, power and influence, gender, organisational culture, and change. Professor Locke holds a PhD and MSc in business administration (organisational behaviour) from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in sociology from Harvard University where she graduated with honours. Go to her website for more articles and podcasts: https://connsonlocke.com/resources/

Grace Lordan

Grace Lordan is an associate professor in behavioural science at LSE, where she is the founder and director of The Inclusion Initiative. She is an economist by background, and her research is focused on understanding why some individuals succeed over others because of factors beyond their control. She has expertise on the effects of unconscious bias, discrimination, and technology changes. www.gracelordan.com

Hailley Griffis

Hailley Griffis is Head of Public Relations at Buffer. Like the rest of the Buffer team, she has always worked entirely remotely.

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