Return to Office? Instead of a Mandate, Employers Must Create and Sell In-Person Value Over Time

Explosive fights over pandemic precautions can teach something about explosive fights over return-to-office strategies.

So says Stephen Tang, a well-regarded veteran of science-backed tech executive roles who has a Wharton MBA, a PhD in chemical engineering and decades of service on university boards.

“Masks work, but mask mandates don’t,” Tang told me. Compulsion turns toxic. “Is it any surprise that RTO mandates don’t either?”