A conversation about the future of offices and remote work.

A conversation about the future of offices and remote work.

HBR IdeaCast / Episode 784 16th March 2021

A recent Harvard Business Review article and related podcast discusses how post-Covid workplaces need to be reimagined as places for learning, not just individual work. This may be an opportunity for L&D professionals to step up and facilitate continual learning.

Anne-Laure Fayard, associate professor at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, was studying the effects of workplace design on employees long before the Covid-19 crisis. Now, she says, the trend of flexible schedules and hybrid offices – where some people come in, others work from home, and many do both – is here to stay.

This means that businesses need to reimagine offices as places built less for individual knowledge work than for learning, collaboration, and culture-building. Fayard is the co-author of the HBR article “Designing the Hybrid Office.”