While you’ve been away, your “office” is morphing into something very different

17 minutes

•  Corporate real estate expert outlines a new trend powered by technology and the pandemic

•  “We’ve really got to start a proper debate”

(Total Recorded Time is 21:17)

Here are the ingredients for major change that have never been seen before: ubiquitous digital access, the gig economy and the demands of a multigenerational workforce mixed with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baked together they make for dramatic changes about where and how people work, morphing the typical “cube farm” office into something very different, says corporate real estate expert Chris Kane.

“People being forced to work from home has also led to one of those unexpected consequences of things like this,” says Mr. Kane, whose career has included tenure as Vice President of International Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company, before acting as Head of Corporate Real Estate at the BBC. He is now Director of Six Ideas, a global consultancy that focuses on workplace development innovation.

He says that includes office workers realizing they do not need to commute hours every day just to sit in an office when they can do the same work remotely.

“We’ve really got to start a proper debate about making smarter use of the built environment,” Mr. Kane says.

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