How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Changed Workplaces in Lasting Ways

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Without a doubt, COVID-19 has altered life in countless ways. One of the most immediate impacts, however, was felt in the workplace, particularly for folks who hold office jobs. For the first time in their careers, many of these office works found themselves adapting to a work from home lifestyle — setting up impromptu work areas, battling Zoom fatigue and burnout and trying, hard as it might be, to maintain that work-life balance. While there’s certainly some safety to working remotely, especially when essential, frontline and customer service workers are not afforded the same privilege, many folks accustomed to offices are wondering when physical workplaces will reopen.

While it’s clear that office buildings aren’t going anywhere, it’s less clear how the working habits and workflows we’ve developed during the pandemic will translate to a post-COVID environment. From more flexible work schedules to COVID-safe office layouts and improved safety measures, here are the changes that we can expect to leave a more lasting impact on office-centered workplaces.