Now that tens of millions of normally office-bound workers have had a chance to telecommute, will they ever want to go back?

We put that question to several scholars in management and transportation studies at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Arizona State University. We asked them to peek into the post-pandemic future and offer insights into what – if anything – we need from an office, how that might change after the coronavirus passes and why.

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Long live the office. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The office is dead! Long live the office in a post-pandemic world

Beth Humberd, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Deborah Salon, Arizona State University; Scott F. Latham, University of Massachusetts Lowell

The post-pandemic office will be a lot more flexible but still will be necessary to help build relationships among colleagues, according to three scholars.


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    Jeffrey Miller, Colorado State University

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