The office of the future will feel more like home. It will be a place where people mainly come for meaningful exchanges. This requires a different design with less space for desks and more for collaboration and creativity. The office will become a connectivity zone.
Working from home will remain normal for at least one or two days a week after the pandemic, reducing overall commuting time and the need to accommodate all the workers at once. With this perspective, some companies are already reducing their office space to cut costs.
But meeting each other at the office will remain vital to innovate, be creative, know what is really going on, look each other in the eye. The office will be a home away from home.
This is the eighth and last lesson, based on 36 interviews with leaders during the pandemic.