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IBS Lunchtime Research Seminar - Hybrid Horizons: The complex interplay of return-to-office mandates, employee satisfaction, and Productivity across gender and care duties

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Date 17 April 2024
Time 13:00-14:30 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Price Free
Venue Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus
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You are cordially invited to attend an International Business and Strategy Departmental Research Meeting, during which there will be a presentation by Charmi Patel, Henley Business School. A reminder that attendance for IBS (full time, research oriented) staff and full-time students is compulsory, and where possible, must be in person. Individuals unable to attend in person, due to legitimate reasons will be provided a Teams link on request. Non-IBS staff are welcome to attend, but must register prior to the event. If you have not received the email invite please email Angie Clark

Please join us in Room 108, Henley Business School, if you would like to attend, please register using the link below:

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Please make sure you let me know in advance if you intend to attend in person so that the correct amount of catering is booked.

Date: Wednesday 17th April 2024, HBS Room 108

Time: 13.00 - 14.15pm


This work in progress research project examines Fortune 500 firms return-to-office (RTO) mandates in understanding their determinants and consequences for both firms and its employees. Across two studies, study 1 using secondary manually collected data we find lower employee job satisfaction (men and women) but no impact on financial performance as such. However, in study 2 using a randomised field experiment, using a within subjects’ analysis from a repeated cross-over design, we find that daily requirement of physical presence has biggest impact on women employees with caring responsibilities. We moreover find a preference for about two remote working days per week across men, women, parents, non-parents, fathers and mothers with and without caring responsibilities. Remote working generally increased job performance but the effect was greatest for women with caring responsibilities (mothers and other care duties). We are right now in the phase of conducting interviews with study participants to further corroborate the contextualise the findings.

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