80% Of Workers Don’t Want To Go Back To The Office And More On CHOM 97.7 FM

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am on air at CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 10 minutes every week – to decode the future. We discuss everything that is happening in the world of technology, digital media and culture. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on i Heart Radio, if you’re interested in hearing more about what’s happening in the transformation of our digital world. I’m really excited about these weekly hits, because this is the radio station that I grew up listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed:

  • As the vaccines and therapeutics roll out, we’re seeing some fascinating (and maybe scary) statistics come to bear. This might not shock you, but parents with kids at home are more likely to want to return to office life, according to a study by Harvard Business School. But, in the same study: Over 80% of workers don’t want to go back to the office full time. One in three felt that their overall performance and quality of work was better than the year prior. What do I see? A massive chasm between entrepreneurs, executives and management in relation to how the employees feel. This will cause a lot of friction and changes for work spaces.
  • Further to our desire to not return to the office like we did before the pandemic, The Guardian reported that call center staff (and maybe other businesses with remote workers) will begin to be monitored via webcam for home-working “infractions.” How would you feel about management watching you? 
  • Montrealer, William Shatner, turned 90 this past week (Happy Birthday to Captain Kirk!). Speaking of Star Trek, a company called StoryFile, will use AI (and hours of interview footage with Shatner) so that future generations can have a “conversation” with him. Moist frontman, David Usher, has an even more advanced company called, Remagine AI, that’s doing some incredible programming as well (full disclosure: I am advisor to David’s company). Once this technology gets democratized, imagine being able to have a chat with a parent long after they’re gone.
  • App of the Week: Jazz Keys – Write whatever you like and then listen to your typing/writing converted into a jazz tune.

You can also listen in via I Heart Radio

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