This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
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- This is an audio course. No need to watch, just listen. Welcome to the latest addition to LinkedIn Learning. Podcasts. We've curated some of the best business podcasts and made them even easier to listen to. Each episode is split into sections. Use the links in the contents area to skip to whichever section you like. We're always looking for new ways to help you learn and we'd appreciate your feedback. Thanks for listening. - Well, if we're talking about working from home, you did quite the study on working from home. I'd like it if we started there and then we fast forward to the current situation where there's a lot of working from home going on and it's a little bit different. So could you tell us the tale of your Ctrip study? - So back in 2010, I teach in Stanford University, I'm a professor there and I had someone at the back of my class who turned out quite amazingly to be the co-founder of a huge Chinese multi-national, Ctrip. It's listed on NASDAQ, it's worth about $15 billion. The guy was called James Liang, and he basically founded this company and it was worth almost a billion dollars at this point and he decided to kind of step back and become the chairman and take a PhD. But Ctrip had this big challenge, which is that in Shanghai, their headquarters, and they were growing very fast, but they were struggling to keep up with office space. So as they grew, they didn't want to have to spend huge amounts of money on very expensive Shanghai office space. So working with them, he set up what's called a randomized controlled trial on working from home. So quite explicitly, they ask a thousand people in the firm who wanted to work from home four out of five days a week, 500 of them signed up. It was already indicative that 500 people did not want to work from home. But so sticking to the 500 that they then formerly randomized them home to the office over the next nine months. So James on TV, in front of a huge crowd, pulled a ping-pong ball out of an urn and it said, "Even," and everyone with an even birthday, so if you were born on the second, fourth, sixth, eighth, et cetera, 10th of the month, worked from home for the next nine months. And if you're odd, so you know like me, I'm the 5th of May, you stayed in the office and it was a way to scientifically evaluate the impact of working from home on these employees.