Over the past few weeks I’ve been working mostly from home as part of the COVID lockdown. However, now with the move back to Level One I’m heading back into the office on a more full-time basis.
In the first few days back, I have heard a lot of people from around the building talking about how they prefer different work arrangements – and I’ve heard a lot of people say that they felt more work was being done away from the office. And yet, teams appear to be making the choice to move back to the office. Why is this the case?
Although it may be the case that the teams stated and real preferences differ, I suspect there is something else at play – strategic complementarity. Once we understand this concept it can become clear why we can end up in a worse equilibrium with regards to our work arrangements even when given flexi-choice, and why explicitly promoting working from home could be a “win-win”.Read more