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Theresa Glomb offers tips for returning to the office in article

July 29, 2021

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) Research Advisory Board member Theresa Glomb is quoted in the article “Heading back to the office after working from home during the pandemic? Here are some tips for adjusting.

The article explores lessons learned during the past year, when many employees worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and examines how that experience might shape the future of work.

“We’ve shown that when people are working remotely, even a few days, that people can be more productive. They can be happier. They are satisfied. They can be more engaged,” Glomb says. “… A lot of people are feeling that they really enjoyed having a more flexible work environment. People really like that autonomy, being able to say, ‘I’m going to manage my schedule.’ ”

While remote work is here to stay for many workers, others have begun returning to the office. Glomb also offers tips for these employees and employers to ease the transition.

“Really think about what you want going forward and how that is going to look different,” Glomb says. “It’s a good time to reflect on that right now.

Glomb is the Toro Company-David M. Lilly Chair in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She shares simple, evidence based micro-interventions to improve our working lives in the CPO Positive Links Speakers Series talk “Let’s make work better: Evidence based strategies for improving your work life.”