Harvard Business Professor and Keynote Speaker Tsedal Neeley Weighs in on Remote Work in 2021

According to a recent CBS News poll, 60% of employees want to continue working remotely, at least part-time. But what do the experts have to say?

Keynote speaker Tsedal Neeley, a Harvard Business School professor of business administration, makes sense of the matter because she believes when people have a sense of autonomy at work, their job performance and satisfaction skyrocket.

“When people get breaks to do their laundry in the middle of the day, for example, what they really get is work/life flexibility,” said Neeley.

People want to be able to spend their breaks with their children, walking their dogs, or doing minor chores.

“People are doing all that and productivity is still up — 70 percent of the groups I surveyed told me their productivity increased,” Neeley continued.

However, not everyone is on board with the idea of working from home.

“If you can go to a restaurant in New York City, you can come into the office. And we want you in the office,” said James Gorman, Morgan Stanley CEO. However, Gorman is not alone in his sentiments. Bank of America CEO, Brian Moynihan, stated that vaccinated staff will return to work after Labor Day.


Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, appears to be moving toward a more hybrid work schedule. Apple’s new proposed schedule required its employees to be in the office three days a week. However, several employees objected to the suggested schedule and opposed it.

Experts believe it is not surprising that individuals do not want to return to traditional ways of working. Because of COVID-19, society has undergone a huge paradigm shift, with old beliefs and ways of life changing quickly.

“Individuals have changed. Organizations have changed. And many that I’ve even talked to who were completely looking forward to having everyone back and to return to the good old days have been stunned when they survey their people who say, ‘No, we want more flexibility and if we don’t get it, we will quit,’’ said Neeley.

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