Past and Future Office

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Writing in the Economist, Catherine Nixley considers the Death of the Office as a possible result of the Covid 19 pandemic. She traces the office from its beginnings in London at the East India Company in 1822 and weaves in a variety of voices of those who have reflected on both the places of work and the place of work in our lives.

Much of the discussion centers on the pros and cons of life at the office and how its various configurations either suit us or not. This essay provides an overview of workplaces through the ages and concludes that despite the limitations of office life, it may be something we will be unwilling to surrender completely.

With work becoming increasingly knowledge-based, it is worth considering the advantages and disadvantages of the office as a site for learning.

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