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Our post-pandemic working lives could become a ‘meh’ experience, where neither in-office or at-home truly shine

Staff in a standing meeting at an office, socially distanced and wearing masks. About half of the staff are present compared to the number of desks available.
Staff in a standing meeting at an office, socially distanced and wearing masks. About half of the staff are present compared to the number of desks available.
Photo: Luis Alvarez/DigitalVision/Getty Images

Here’s some good news: After a 13-month span that went from: “This is another seasonal flu, it’ll be over in two weeks” to “July is the new normal for work re-entry!” to “Okay, October 2020 is the build back better date!” to “Hmm, 2021 seems more realistic…” we’re now, finally, seeing enough progress in the rate of vaccinations and an overall reduction in Covid-19 rates that the concept of a “new work normal” actually seems within reach. …


One year after going remote, ‘Job Simulator’ helped me experience the mundane but beautiful moments of beige cubicle life once more

Screenshot: Job Simulator

It’s been 378 days since I was last in an office. On March 6, 2020, I packed up my laptop, rode a packed New York City subway home, and have spent the vast majority of my time since then locked in my home/office/bunker, a one-bedroom apartment in Queens. But this week I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and visit the office again in the only way I felt comfortable: via the Covid-free experience of a virtual reality game.

I’m new to the world of VR. I’ve been playing video games since the eight-bit Nintendo Entertainment System days…


Dropbox, WeWork, and Google all think they have the playbook for the part-time office

An illustration of workers having a meeting in a conference room.
An illustration of workers having a meeting in a conference room.
Illustration: Ariel Davis

Aside from religion and politics, it’s hard to think of another topic in recent memory that has provoked more fierce debate than the concept of remote work. For years, “future of work” enthusiasts would quibble over how some people are more productive by cutting out commutes and working in a pajama-friendly home office, while others prefer the camaraderie and water-cooler small talk that only a bustling office could provide. Lurking beneath these discussions around worker productivity and engagement was perhaps a bigger underlying issue: the potential dismantling of one of corporate America’s longstanding cultural mainstays—the IRL office. …

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