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How COVID-19 Has Changed the Workplace

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1 In the aftermath of the spring 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, most companies with white collar workers have determined—at least until a vaccine is developed—how best to structure the workplace in order to reduce risk to employees. As of June, 2020, it appears the months of March through May offered a nationwide experiment in making necessary adaptations. Worries that the challenges in productivity, efficiency, connectivity, collaboration, and distractions would prove destructive have dissipated. Employers and employees alike are satisfied with some aspects of this transition. For employees, a reversal of a long "densification" trend that produced open seating without privacy or permanent stations, has been well-received. An emerging trend toward more enclosed and private spaces, including offices, seems welcome. Work-from-home (WFH) arrangements have been even more popular. For employers, there is the long-term prospect of reconsidering real estate investments, and reallocating those toward acquiring talent. Closely correlated, the battle for talent may be won by offering work-from-home flexibility. The longer the crisis lasts, the more comfortable employers and workers have become with the adjustments that have been made, from health screenings and enclosed spaces in the office, to work-from-home (WFH) arrangements. States have been determining criteria for many workers to return to work. Those who are deemed most essential, including shop floor workers in manufacturing, have returned more quickly than those that are able to work remotely. Those who can work from anywhere, using technology, may never make a complete return to the office. Hybrid work arrangements are likely to result "agile and nimble" workplace designs, blending co-working and traditional enclosed spaces will certainly be part of the new workplace. This paper briefly explores the emerging office layout and professional working models that are emerging, as well as the statistics that underlie our present understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on workplaces and our projections for the future of our workplaces. Layout models Workplaces are being physically reconfigured, and other elements that determine physical spacing and protection from the virus have also be re-imagined. Let's look at some of the components of the solutions employers have improvised, and then refined in the spring of 2020. Better storage which includes the elimination of traditional pieces like storage cabinets that take up space and stifle productivity. How COVID-19 Has Changed the Workplace An Overview of Working Models and Key Statistics

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