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COVID-19 and the shift to working from home: differences between the US and the EU

What changes has working from home brought on for workers and societies, and how can policy catch up?

Speakers

Scott Marcus

Digital Agenda, Telecommunications, Innovation

Senior fellow

Laura Nurski

Future of Work, Artificial Intelligence, Job Quality, Labour, Wellbeing

Research fellow

Mamta Kapur

Europe Research and Thought Leadership Lead – Talent and Organization/Human Potential, Accenture

Video & audio recordings 

We discussed the conclusions of the recent paper COVID-19 and the accelerated shift to technology-enabled Work from Home (WFH) by J. Scott Marcus, Georgios Petropoulos, and Antonio Aloisi.

In this study, the authors explored different aspects of working from home (productivity, impact on mental health, sustainability, etc.) and the main differences between the USA and the EU. At this event, they examined implications for public policy in terms of work-life balance, gender gaps, skill acquisition, modernisation of workflows, technology adoption, managerial culture and flexibility enhancement.

The event was organised in the frame of the "EU/US Transatlantic expert group on the future of work", which is financially supported by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Bruegel and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

The presentations slides from this event can be accessed below:

The Future of Work: Productive anywhere, by Mamta Kapur

Telework: occupational differences, by Laura Nurski

COVID-19 and the accelerated shift to technology-enabled Work from Home (WFH), by J. Scott Marcus