Wharton Professor, Peter Capelli, joined the HCM Agility: Leading Through Disruption course to talk about key insights and concepts from his recent book “The Future of the Office: Work from Home, Remote Work, and the Hard Choices We All Face.” Professor Capelli used student’s current experiences designing Return to Office initiatives in their own workplaces to illustrate key challenges and opportunities. The ability to recruit people outside office hub locations and tap into previously untouched talent markets is one of the big opportunities in remote work. In parallel, maintaining consistent remote work policies that ensure employees are not disenfranchised because of their particular manager or team will continue to be key challenges for workplaces.
Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, was a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore, and was Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce from 1990-1998. He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top 5 most influential management thinkers, by NPR as one of the 50 influencers in the field of aging, and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He received the 2009 PRO award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters for contributions to human resources and an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Liege in Belgium. He is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and writes a monthly column for HR Executive magazine. His recent work on performance management, agile systems, and hiring practices, and other workplace topics appears in the Harvard Business Review.