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The pandemic has had a devastating impact on people’s lives and their livelihoods, but it has also unlocked a unique opportunity for change…a catalyst for a better future. It has forced new ways of working to protect individual health as well as to maintain continuity and productivity to protect livelihoods - the largest ‘work from home, work apart experiment’ ever. This event has the potential to transform the future of how we live and work, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reinvent our workplace and how we work. So, is the office dead? No…the office is not dead, it’s just different to how we once knew it. The future will require a reinvention of how, where and when we work - a new and different workplace model. It will also require short term solutions to make offices safe and to establish a bridge to the future - the COVID-19 safe workplace. The long term solution will evolve rapidly as the next generation of workplace design. Transforming our future will require a new workplace contract between employer and employee, a mutually beneficial relationship for confidence and success. Employers must ensure real trust, flexibility and choice, upholding an authentic culture of employees working from where, when and how they are most productive, as well as delivering the highest quality digital experience, and most importantly a COVID-19 safe workplace. Employees must accept and enjoy their autonomy with responsibility, with each accountable for their own performance and productivity. Success will require balance, a shared vision and great leadership.

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This page is a summary of: Workplace strategy: a new workplace model, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, March 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12288.
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