Weekend Leadership Reading: 9/4/20

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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

From Architect Magazine: Rethinking Office Design Trends in a Post-COVID World

“Blaine Brownell assesses potential shifts to workplace design in a post-pandemic society.”

From HBS Working Knowledge: How Much Will Remote Work Continue After the Pandemic?

“A new survey suggests that at least 16 percent of employees will remain at-home workers long after COVID-19 recedes, report researchers Christopher Stanton, Zoe Cullen, and Michael Luca.”

From BCG: What 12,000 Employees Have to Say About the Future of Remote Work

“Although the COVID-19 pandemic has led to economic, health, and social devastation, it has also created an unprecedented opportunity: to run the world’s biggest-ever workplace experiment. This experience is yielding fascinating insights that have significant implications for the way we should organize work.”

From Adam Gale: Why phone calls are better than video conferencing

“I don’t like video conferencing. I never did, and five months of regular usage has done little to change my opinion.”

From Vicus Partners: 6 Office Design Trends For the Post Covid-19 World

“The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our work life by altering how and where we do our jobs, testing how each of our businesses can adapt to flexible work, and making us all rethink the future of how we work and whether office layouts as we know them make sense in our new normal. The evolution to accommodate flexible work isn’t new and is one we predict will continue to change our office spaces after the COVID-19 pandemic, but COVID-19 has created the need for a faster than anticipated transformation for all our offices to support working from home, social distancing, and providing cleaner and more efficient workspaces.”

From Sharlyn Lauby: The Workplace: How the Pandemic Will Change Things

“Yes, I know that businesses are starting to reopen. And employees are starting to come back to their workplaces. But the science community is talking about another ‘wave’ so we’re not back to ‘normal’ yet. In fact, it’s possible that it could take a very long time before we return to those pre-COVID days”

From Work Design Magazine: The “Anti-Office”: A Look into The Workplace Post-COVID-19

“The ‘anti-office’ is the latest wave of workplace design, but how will it change given recent world events?”

From BBC WorkLife: How offices will change after coronavirus

“As many nations cautiously make their way toward relaxing Covid-19 lockdowns, many of us are starting to envision a time when we can stop working at our kitchen tables and return to the office. Yet, in the absence of a vaccine, aspects of modern workplaces will have to change if employees are to safely return to their desks.”

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