Experts: Sarah Kaplan and Raj Choudhury
Moderators: John Mawdsley and Samantha Conroy
Pandemics touch every aspect of society. This seminar addresses two important topics in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic: Workplace Inequality and Remote Work. Workplace inequality is pervasive. For example, it is well established that women face greater barriers for career progression compared to men. In this seminar, Sarah Kaplan (U. of Toronto) discusses how the pandemic has differentially affected women’s vs. men’s career opportunities, as well as how it has adversely affected marginalized minority groups. How can scholars use the pandemic to better understand the drivers of workplace inequality? In our second topic, on Remote Work, Raj Choudhury (HBS) discusses how the pandemic has accelerated firms’ use of work-from-anywhere (WFA) policies. WFA allows employees to live in a location of their choice while remaining with the same employer. While there are benefits and risks to a WFA policy under stable conditions, what can we learn when this is implemented during pandemic? How might these changes affect the nature of future workplaces?