MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Redesigning the Post-Pandemic Workplace

  • 5m
  • Anh Phillips, Gerald C. Kane, Jonathan Copulsky, Rich Nanda
  • MIT Sloan Management Review
  • 2021

Work as we know it is forever changed by COVID-19. Now is the time for managers to envision the office that employees will return to.

The world has experienced widespread disruption over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the successful development and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, the timeline for when the so-called next normal will arrive is clearer. Leaders should begin to take steps to consider what the workplace will look like when it arrives.

There is no going back to the pre-pandemic workplace. Organizations and individuals have had no choice but to discover new ways of working. Many have reported successfully implementing years’ worth of digital transformation plans over the course of a few months. For example, mortgage loan company Freddie Mac implemented remote building inspection, and many health care providers pivoted rapidly to telemedicine. Even companies that needed to maintain a significant colocated workplace used digital innovations to improve employee and customer engagement and safety. For example, Hitachi adapted sensors to monitor social distancing in factories, and many restaurants quickly adopted virtual ordering and delivery services. Managers should begin asking themselves how they can build on such innovations to further transform their businesses instead of planning a return to ways of working that were becoming outdated and obsolete even before the pandemic.

In this Book

  • MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Redesigning the Post-Pandemic Workplace