Before the pandemic, the office was a place where people went
to get work done. It’s where meetings were held, where teams
would collaborate, and where colleagues interacted with one
another. Today, as companies prepare for hybrid work, the
role of the office is changing.
The paradigm shift, says Prithwiraj Choudhury, associate
professor of business administration at Harvard Business
School, is recognizing the office won’t necessarily be the
place where people go to get work done. Instead, it’s poised
to become a place where people meet their colleagues,
collaborate, and socialize. “Work can be done from anywhere,
but social interactions still need a location,” he says. “Time
in the office will be spent building and maintaining those
relationships, coming together as a team, and maintaining
that sense of belonging and camaraderie.
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