Re-envision the office from a clean sheet of paper.  You can foresee with a high degree of confidence that more space will be designed for socializing and collaborating: More “huddle rooms,” more flexible/modular conference room space, more unassigned “hoteling” desks, small offices, and workspaces.

If individual offices for lawyers and professionals took up the vast majority of usable floor space six  months ago, in the future it will probably be one of the activities consuming the least square footage.

Finally, engage with really bright designers, engineers, and tech gurus on what digital tools and technologies you’ll want to have to support the new priority set of office activities.  You almost surely do not have what you’re going to need.  PwC cites a June 2020 workforce survey that found only one-third of US workers rated their company’s tools and resources for collaborating and communicating as “very effective.”

I have adapted this concluding graphic from the always reliable McKinsey’s Reimagining the post-pandemic workforce:


See how easy this is going to be?  I’m sure you’re now fully equipped to take it from here….

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