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Workers Return to Weirder Offices With Moveable Walls and Touchless Elevators

  • Flexible space, touchless elevators among changes to expect
  • Balancing safety, flexibility and attractiveness to lure staff
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Is It Time to Go Back to the Office?

Masked, desk-bound and unable to recognize their colleagues in an elevator, people are starting to return to offices in cities around the world where the pandemic is receding. Many will find their offices transformed, too.

In the challenge to make offices both Covid-safe and attractive places to work, firms have been experimenting with working arrangements and space while employees toiled at home. Some gave up floor space to adjust to less rigid schedules, others introduced movable walls to create flexible areas. Many installed safety innovations such as touchless lifts and worked to improve air quality.