Melanie Seier Larsen
Managing director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group
The world has changed forever. The business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is far-reaching and deeply felt in every industry. Since the start of the pandemic, employees and employers both are taking part in the biggest ever experiment in adopting new ways of working. In addition, employers are dealing with major labor and skill shortages as employees are more than ever open to a job change and are reconsidering their workplace priorities. As we are getting used to the new normal, the biggest question is how this experience will shape the future of work in the post-pandemic world. However, expectations about the future of work differ significantly. For some, productivity during the pandemic has increased while for others, it has declined, and whilst some people have experienced an improvement in their work-life balance, others saw it deteriorating. Organizations must preserve the flexibility and level playing field experienced through COVID while restoring the human interactions we all crave. But there is no one-size-fits-all model. Instead, leaders and their teams need to design their own modus operandi intentionally, holistically, and thoughtfully.
Melanie Seier Larsen is a Managing director and Partner at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a leading global strategy consulting firm with more than 25,000 employees in 90 offices in 50 countries. Melanie leads BCG in the SEE region and has over 18 years of experience in management consulting. Her primary focus are Consumer goods, Retail, and People and Organization topics. Outside BCG, Melanie is a member of the Management Board of the Slovenian Managers’ Association and was President of the Female Managers' Section from 2014 to 2020. She also served as the President of the Slovenian IEDC Alumni Club from 2013 to 2020. Melanie is particularly passionate about the role of women in society and an advocate of gender equality. She participates in multiple mentorship programmes and is actively involved in discussions about the position of women in business. She was a recipient of the prestigious Artemida prize in 2019, top Slovenian award for women in business. She studied Economics and holds an MBA from the IEDC Bled Business School.