Why your boss is going to have to redecorate the office

We had our first baby in August, pretty much in the middle of a Covid-19 lockdown. I hadn’t been to the office in months when she was born, and I still haven’t really been back since. In another world, I would miss so many “firsts” in my newborn’s life while working in a newsroom for sometimes nine or 10 hours a day, with a 30-minute commute on either side. Instead, I worked in the same apartment as her — which has its downsides, sure — and saw many of those firsts up close. I feel grateful.

Like many Americans who have been working from home since March 2020, I don’t particularly look forward to commuting to work five days a week, and if the last year and change can be counted as evidence, the productivity of a lot of us didn’t dip because we were in another building doing the same job. Most of us at Inverse want to see each other in the office (or indeed anywhere) occasionally, but we’re likely all going to keep working from home most days.

The office of the future is our lead story today. interviewed five experts, including architects and climate change consultants, about the future of the office post-Covid-19. The answers explore the ideas of green design and better mental health for workers as companies think about how to entice people to commute again.

I’m , an editor at Inverse, and this is Inverse Daily, your daily dispatch of essential stories that mix science and culture.

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