Covid-19 and the Office: Exploring the Future of the Office and Commuting
July 16, 2020
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In March, offices around the world emptied as workers that could work from home — and reduce the spread of the coronavirus — did work from home. Some workers are realizing the benefits of working from home, including no commute and increased productivity. While others are experiencing the challenges and reality of having to take care of children no longer in childcare or school, or trying to work with roommates and no dedicated office space. A recent survey found that missing collaboration and connection is one of the reasons people want to go back to work. In the meantime, employers are contending with the fact that some workspaces are too crowded to safely social distance and they need to reconfigure and spread out work stations and encourage some employees to continue to work from home. Patricia Raicht, Senior Research Director for JLL will explore how the demand for office space may change in response to the coronavirus and what changes workers can expect when they do return to the office. Leah Riley, the managing director of Nelson\Nygaard will discuss how our transportation systems will need to pivot and adapt to a new reality if larger numbers of people continue to work from home beyond the pandemic. Nico Larco, AIA, University of Oregon Professor of Architecture and Urbanism Next Center Director will moderate the webinar.