Flexibility Paradox (10-20-20)

The implications of working from home are multidimensional.  Sjolie, Francisco, Mahon, Kaukko, and Kemmis (study published in Journal of Praxis in Higher Education) report that they “collected data from students and academic staff. . . . working from a home office, or as a distributed team, provides significantly increased flexibility for the work situation, it could provide less flexibility in carrying out the work, both in terms of meeting colleagues, collaborating and teaching. This flexibility issue, or paradox, is largely related to a much greater need for structure, planning and clear communication in the digital modality. . . .  the digital form makes it difficult to deviate from the plan. We lose the ability to pick up cues from the room. . . . the threshold for making small and necessary clarifications with collaborators is significantly higher in the digital realm. . . . the opportunity to convene physically is still important, not only for each of us to meet our social needs, but also for the employer and for the quality of the work.”

“The Hidden Threat of the Home Office.”  2020. Press release, Norwegian SciTech News, https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2020/10/the-hidden-threat-of-the-home-office/