Anthropological research shows how physical proximity increases interactions. The office is an important factor in communicating the necessary cues of leadership, collaboration, and communication.
Although employees might move back to the physical space of the office again, boundaries are changing.
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The office's history shows how our work has changed and how work's physical spaces respond to cultural, technological, and social influences
At first, office layouts were influenced by the production or factory line. Rows of desks fitted tightly together, but managers and executives had private offices with windows so they could supervise workers.
In the 1950s, the workplace design style became less rigid. The emphasis was placed on meeting the needs of the workforce with a more fluid design. It resulted in a more social environment where collaboration between teams increased.
The pandemic has been an extended experiment for most companies who are trying to manage people working from home.
Instead of making it mandatory to attend the office physically like before, many companies have adopted a hybrid model where one could go to the office once a week and work from home the rest of the days.
This new approach changes the purpose of coming to the office.
If and when you return to your office after the pandemic, you'll probably notice some changes.
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