Sigma: 2022-03

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The future of work from home: what that means for jobs and real-estate

Prof. Nick Bloom

March 1 2022 at 7:30 P.M. at


Working from home has come to dominate organizations since the pandemic began, but what will the future hold? What should firms and employers do? How will that affect all of us in terms of our jobs, working days, commutes and real-estate decisions? Nick will present data on the future of working from home (WFH). For example, WFH saves employees about 70 minutes a day on average – most (about 60 minutes) from no commute, and the rest (about 10 minutes) from less preparation in the morning – see the figure below. About 1/2 of this saved time goes to working more and 1/2 to leisure/tasks, so employers and employees benefit.

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Nick Bloom is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He has been researching working from home for almost 20 years. He has been heavily involved with policy, including meeting President Obama, and speaking in the 2014 Working Families Summit. He gave a 2017 TedX talk on working from home, has consulted with hundreds of CEOs and managers, and has been covered extensively in national and international media.

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