Nicholas Bloom is America's best work-from-home expert. He says the remote work revolution is 'only halfway through.'

Nicholas Bloom is America's best work-from-home expert. He says the remote work revolution is 'only halfway through.'
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Brace for WFH turmoil

Nicholas Bloom, America's leading work-from-home expert, is preparing for things to get messy. He warns of turmoil as the US scrambles to adjust to the new normal:


Bloom is urging corporate America to navigate the turbulence by resisting offering the unlimited freedom that many employees have come to expect. His prescription lies in creating a uniform schedule for employees - one designed to balance the benefits of working from home with the need for collaboration and equality.

Unless employers established a clear and level playing field, he said, the years ahead could remain filled with uncertainty and upheaval, for companies as well as employees.

"Revolutions are chaotic, and as we know from many revolutions in history, they're often followed by further turmoil," Bloom told me. "This has been a massive revolution - and we're only halfway through."

Here's what else he had to say about WFH's future:

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Gaetz's former classmates dish

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz is embroiled in scandal as he faces a federal sex-trafficking investigation. We spoke with his former high school classmates, some of whom said they weren't surprised:

One classmate became furious when Gaetz ran for the Florida House of Representatives in 2010 and asserted marriage ought to be between one man and one woman.

"I was so disgusted by it," she told Insider this month. "I knew him to not believe that."

She grew so angry that she blogged about Gaetz in March 2010, urging people to vote against him in the upcoming special election primary for a seat in the Sunshine State legislature.


"While the rest of us grew up, Gaetz stayed the same. He may have gotten his law degree and put on a suit and tie, but behind all that he's still the same guy who takes out his cell phone to show friends naked pictures of the women he's recently bedded," she wrote in 2010.

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Lululemon accused of "toxic positivity"

More than a dozen current and former Lululemon employees told Insider there's a culture of "toxic positivity" in its retail stores. Some feel the company's emphasis on feedback can border on bullying - and almost all classified the environment as cultlike:


"Often, I just came home crying," one worker told Insider. She called her mom, asking: "What's wrong with me? What do I do?"

She actively tried to act happier at work, meeting with other workers in the store for advice. But the negative feedback continued. She started not wanting to show up to her shifts. "I felt like I couldn't be happy enough to work," she said.

And so, two months after her first day, her mental health already feeling on the decline, she quit. "I just had to get out," she said.

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GSK exodus

GlaxoSmithKline is the world's largest vaccine business. But in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century, the company's vaunted vaccine unit has yet to develop a coronavirus shot - and employees are leaving the company in hordes:

Three years after the Rockville ribbon cutting, reports began to trickle in of mysterious cases of pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Soon, scientists would identify the cause as a new coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2. Within weeks, the virus had spread globally. By early March, much of the world had shut down in an attempt to halt the spread.

It was the kind of event the Rockville center was built for. And GSK, a multinational pharma company based in the UK, was sitting on some of the most promising technology for rapidly responding to viruses.

But as the novel coronavirus emerged, GSK, the world's largest vaccine business by revenue, was caught flatfooted.


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