Weekend Leadership Reading: 9/25/20

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about the office.

From Katherine Dugan and Varun Bhatnagar: Virtually Alone: Real Ways to Connect Remote Teams

“The problem was that he was a 100 percent virtual worker for the first time in his career. In a way that he hadn’t predicted, he missed the sporadic moments of connection that happen in the hallway or cafeteria. He missed casual human interaction and the accompanying sense of belonging. And he missed the surge of energy that many of us feel when we work in an office with our colleagues.”

From Linda Rodriguez McRobbie: What is an office for?

“I haven’t worked in an office — a proper office — since 2008. Back then, I had a cubicle plastered with sticky notes and a desk chair of questionable ergonomic value. I had meetings in the conference room, lunch at my desk. I had colleagues in cubicles nearby for advice and gossip. I had mice who left the tiny evidence of their nightly visits in my desk drawers.”

From Simon Slade: Back To The Office – Or Not?

“Remote work offers big bottom-line savings, but it’s not for every business. Some questions to ask before giving up bricks and mortar.”

From Deniz Caglar, Edward Faccio, and Erika Ryback: Creating the office of the future

“In a remodeled world, it is vital for companies to reinvent ways of working.”

From the Economist: The future of work – Is the office finished?

“MOST PEOPLE associate the office with routine and conformity, but it is fast becoming a source of economic uncertainty and heated dispute. Around the world workers, bosses, landlords and governments are trying to work out if the office is obsolete—and are coming to radically different conclusions (see article). Some 84% of French office workers are back at their desks, but less than 40% of British ones are. Jack Dorsey, the head of Twitter, says the company’s staff can work from home ‘forever’ but Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix, says home-working is ‘pure negative’. As firms dither, the $30trn global commercial-property market is stalked by fears of a deeper slump. And while some workers dream of a Panglossian future without commutes and Pret A Manger, others wonder about the threat to promotions, pay and job security.”

From Courtney Rubin: The Office Is Dead. Get ready for the commercial real estate apocalypse.

“From startups and tech giants to more old-school Wall Street firms, businesses are rethinking the role of office space and whether they even need it”

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my post “3 Books for Business Leaders that Aren’t Business Books.

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