COVID-19 will change the entire notion of offices

By Vivienne Walt for

Is working from home here to stay, or is it just a temporary solution to the coronavirus?

Even as the U.S. and Europe begin discussing how to reopen businesses, company leaders themselves say the coronavirus has jolted them into thinking about more permanent changes in how we all work — shifts that will last much longer than this crisis and could forever reconfigure the entire notion of offices.

In interviews this week, executives at global companies say COVID-19 has hurled them at warp speed into a future that they had envisioned unfolding slowly over many years. And to their astonishment, their online-only operations have worked well—raising the possibility of continuing much of the lockdown’s online-first work that has dominated since early March.

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