ENCORE: This Entire Workplace Could Have Been an Email


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Editor's Note: This segment originally aired in May 2020. 

You may have heard the phrase "this meeting could have been an email," referring to the frustration we feel when an in-person work meeting could have been replaced with a simpler, shorter message.

Those who are lucky enough to still be working during the pandemic — and who can work from the safety of their homes — are realizing that a lot of things we did around the office for our jobs can be done remotely. But will our employers allow people to continue teleworking when stay-at-home restrictions begin to ease?


Heidi Baumann, professor of management and leadership at Bradley University in Peoria

Pettis Kent, assistant professor at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University in Chicago


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