CHARTING a new normal amid COVID-19 includes the adoption of innovative working arrangements to allow for a greater level of productivity and a stronger sense of reward.
So what are the options out there?
To answer this question I have Professor Yang Hee-dong from Ewha Womans University.
Welcome back Professor Yang.
Meanwhile joining this session virtually is Professor MARLON TWYMAN at the University of Southern California.
It's a pleasure to have you with us Professor Twyman.
1) Professor Yang let's begin with EFFORTS by companies here and elsewhere to adapt their working environment to COVID-19 EXIT strategies.
((I understand some companies are seeking to maintain remote working WHILE others are promoting a blend of online and offline working arrangements AND there are of course those calling for pre-pandemic working environments with everyone in the office.))
2) Professor Twyman pundits agree that the pandemic has dramatically transformed global working patterns including corporate culture.
Would you care to elaborate?
3) Professor Yang according to the Bank of Korea hybrid working arrangements will be the new normal on the local front as we move beyond the pandemic.
Do you share this outlook?
4) And Professor Twyman what can you tell us about the LONG-TERM PROSPECTS of working patterns in the U.S. AS the country learns to live with COVID-19?
5) Professor Yang there are no doubt trade-offs for companies that choose to maintain remote working including possible exposure to cybercrimes as well as a potential creativity crisis owing to reduced interpersonal collaboration AND YET employers are considering this offline working arrangement WHY?
6) Professor Twyman how do you respond to concerns that remote working HAMSTRINGS productive communication?
7) Professor Yang do you see the RELATIVE FLEXIBITY that comes with remote working as perhaps offering women here greater working opportunities?
((Findings by the Korean Women's Development Institute show ONE out of EVERY TWO women with pre-school children endured some form of drawback at work at the height of the pandemic.))
8) Professor Twyman a clear downside of working at home appears to be the blurry boundary between one's personal and professional lives.
In fact a greater number of people have reported experienced burnouts amid the pandemic than before it.
What do you propose to address this unfortunate repercussion?
9) Professor Yang moving further what are your thoughts on the adoption of FOUR WORKING DAYS as opposed to the current FIVE?
((Trials of this shortened workweek arrangement are underway by a few entities over in Spain New Zealand and in Ireland.))
10) Professor Twyman what are your words of advicefor employers and employees as we shift to diverse working arrangements amid our efforts to co-exist with COVID-19?
11) Professor Yang aside from remote working are there any other forms of working arrangements that may be considered to boost productivity?