Are Hybrid Work Models Here to Stay?

Thursday, Aug 19, 2021

It’s clear that the pandemic has accelerated trends around the future of work that were nascent pre-pandemic, and are now being implemented, so it seems, with intensity and speed never imagined before. In particular, the “hybrid work models”, a (possibly) mandated combination of remote-from-home and in-the-office work that allows the employer to reduce office space seems to be the most common and obvious adjustment to new work models. But are all employers ready to jump ship onto the new hybrid wave, or are some operating under the assumption that this is a temporary solution, and that business as usual – all-hands-on-office-desks – will return in a post-pandemic economy? With our panel of HR executives and experts from the industry and academia on both sides of the Atlantic, we will be discussing the following questions:

– What do we know about the advantages of hybrid work, and what are the disadvantages?
– Are international companies implementing hybrid models across their locations or are there regional differences?
– How are HR executives viewing this trend?
– What are the greater organizational, societal, and economic implications?


  • Florian Mezger, Head of Shared Services North America, ZEISS Group
  • Jung Paik, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Sabine Remdisch, Professor (Personal- und Organisationspsychologie) Leuphana Universität (Germany) & visiting researcher in Stanford (USA)
  • Susan Whitlock, Head of HR, Siemens Smart Infrastructure


Format:            Virtual Panel Discussion
Platform:         Zoom Webinar
Length:            One hour
Date:                Thursday, August 19th, 10AM PT | 1PM ET | 7PM CET

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Susan Whitlock, Head of HR, Siemens Smart Infrastructure US

Susan joined Siemens in 2001 as a Human Resources Consultant.  Since then she has held many different roles in the US HR organization in both a strategic and operational capacity.  In December 2020, Susan was named the Human Resources Head for Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) in the US.  With close to 13,000 employees and annual revenues of several-billion dollars, SI delivers building IoT, automation, fire safety, security, energy, low and medium voltage and smart grid solutions as well as control components to the U.S. commercial, industrial and utility markets.

Prior to joining Siemens, Susan also worked in the not-for-profit and government sectors.  She is a graduate of Villanova University and resides in Atlanta, GA.

Jung Paik, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Jung is a Partner in McKinsey’s Boston Office and leads the Firm’s Corporate Business Functions Practice in North America. She helps private and public sector clients drive transformational change and boost organizational effectiveness across industries and regions. Over her more than 13 years with McKinsey, Jung has helped organizations strengthen and reimagine their people strategies to link talent to value and drive overall growth. She has partnered with executives across the U.S. and overseas on projects ranging from organizational health diagnostics to corporate function transformations to human capital strategy efforts. She is passionate about linking talent strategy to business strategy and committed to creating high-performing organizations that attract and retain top talent. Jung has a B.A. with honors in biochemical sciences from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Florian Mezger,  Head of HR North America | Head of Shared Services, ZEISS Group

 Florian Mezger is head of HR and head of shared services operations based at ZEISS’s new Innovation Center California in Dublin, CA. Before joining ZEISS in 2016, he spent seven years at Boston Consulting Group as Project Leader and Recruiting Director. Florian has an M.A. from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and a Ph.D. from the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen (Germany).

Sabine Remdisch, Professor, Leuphana University, Lüneburg/Germany | Visiting Researcher H-Star Institute, Stanford University 

Sabine Remdisch is Professor for Human Resources and Organizational Psychology and the Director of the Institute of Performance Management at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany). Since 2014 she has been a visiting researcher at the H-STAR Institute at Stanford University where she directs the LeadershipGarage, an academic collaboration space for digital leadership which operates both at Stanford University and Leuphana University Lüneburg.


Petra ChequerFounder and Managing PartnerETHOS8 (Moderator)

Petra Chequer is founder and managing partner of ETHOS 8, a boutique executive Leadership as a Service (LaaS) Firm where she works at the intersection of Business Strategy & Leadership Development and partners with CEOs, Executive Teams, Boards and Investors to accomplish their business goals through organizational and leadership development.
Petra attended the University of Passau (Germany) and the University of East Anglia (UK) where she majored in French and English Literature and Linguistics.

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