The Post-Pandemic Office as a Place of Inspirational Encounter

Now that we have experienced that knowledge-work can be done anywhere, our offices hopefully evolve into creative places for inspiring encounters between people.

Dr. Marcus Raitner

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In the short term, the Corona pandemic has given the workplace a powerful shake-up. The exciting question now, in this final phase of the pandemic, is whether this stimulus was sufficient to revolutionize or at least renovate the world of work also in the long term. What will remain of remote work and home office when we have learned to live with this virus as we do with others? Will we then simply return to the status quo and our pre-pandemic open-plan offices? And why should we actually do that?

Many knowledge workers now know both extremes of a spectrum on which we now have to look for possible solutions. Before Corona, “real” work only took place in the office, while home office was the tolerated exception for employees without career ambitions. Working at home was always a bit disreputable and suspicious back then. For the past year and a half, most knowledge workers now work primarily in their home office or even just somewhere. It works surprisingly well for many, depending on their life phase and living situation.

The advantages of a primarily distributed work organization are also undeniable and have meanwhile become dear to us. If you spend less time traveling between home and office, you have more time for work and life. And if home equals office, work also equals life. Work-life balance becomes work-life integration. And that’s a good thing, because family life doesn’t just happen before 7:30 am and after 6:30 pm. This is not really a groundbreaking insight, but it is a completely new experience, especially for many men.

The office as the place where files are stored and therefore where work has to take place has long since ceased to exist. Over the past decades, work has become increasingly digital. Nevertheless, access to this digitized work was initially only possible in the office, because only there was the infrastructure, the PC, the network, the access to the mainframe, etc.. All of this has been a thing of the past since 10 to 15 years, thanks to the…

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Dr. Marcus Raitner

Agile by nature | Rebel without a pause | Working out loud