Does Working from Home Actually Work?

Lessons from a Pandemic: Some employees who work from home are more productive, but not everyone has the same opportunities, says Fletcher School professor
In the video above, Bhaskar Chakravorti talks about how working remotely works differently for different people. Video: Jenna Schad
July 8, 2020

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“Lessons from a Pandemic” is an occasional video series featuring Tufts faculty offering perspectives on COVID-19.

“Some states in the U.S. make it easier to work from home,” said Bhaskar Chakravorti, dean of global business at The Fletcher School. “They have better, more inclusive and more affordable access to digital infrastructure, their economies are more reliant on knowledge work, and they may have more conducive living environments so people can work at home and continue to remain productive.”

Chakravorti is the founding executive director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context and the chair of the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises. In addition, he serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is the senior advisor for digital inclusion at the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth.

Prior to joining Fletcher, he was a partner of McKinsey & Company, a faculty member at Harvard Business School, and a distinguished scholar at MIT’s Legatum Center.

The author of The Slow Place of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World, Chakravorti regularly writes for The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Indian Express, and other publications.