A Purpose-Focused Approach To Decisions About Returning To In-Person Office Work

John Curtin Institute of Public Policy 3 (Future of Work in the Digital Ag):1-24 (2022)
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Abstract

This paper proposes a philosophically informed decision-making methodology, inspired by Aristotle, that encourages constructive discussions amongst employers and employees; is directed towards shared higher-level goals; is consistent with planning frameworks already in place in many businesses; can be amended over time without disruptive disputes; and accounts for the particularities of each industry, enterprise, workplace, and job. It seeks to establish a more fundamental basis for discussions about remote vs. in-person office work: specifically, the purpose and nature of the work of those affected. If these matters can be decided, then subsequent discussions might be focused more upon the shared outcomes to which stakeholders are committed and less upon individual preferences and ‘hunches.’

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Jacqueline Boaks
Curtin University, Western Australia
Clifford S. Stagoll
University of Western Australia
Adam Andreotta
Curtin University, Western Australia

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