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NOTEBOOK – ONE GOOD READ: Open offices failed. These are 6 essentials to make sure the next office doesn’t.


An open office layout was meant to boost socialization in the workplace, but its downfall was that it was the only type of space available. Now, mid-pandemic when workers are returning to the office after being able to work from home, a coffee shop or a park, Alejandra Albarran writes in Fast Company that offices need to have different spaces to meet different needs rather than try to encourage socialization and focused work in the same place. She recommends six types of spaces “purposefully created for different types of activities”: community, collaboration, meet, team, solo work, and well-being. With flexibility and choice being top priorities for workers now, the next iteration of traditionally static offices will need to reflect the new way that we work.

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