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The Hybrid Work Revolution Is Already Transforming Economies

Office workers are being set free. Experts say that offers a rare opportunity to kickstart sluggish economies.

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Yuri Suzuki, a partner at design agency Pentagram, now works from his home in Margate, U.K.

Yuri Suzuki, a partner at design agency Pentagram, now works from his home in Margate, U.K.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Even in the 19th century, workers were beginning to resent the grind of office life.

“You don’t know how wearisome it is to breathe the air of four pent walls without relief, day after day,” British essayist Charles Lamb wrote in a letter to poet William Wordsworth back in 1822, railing against his toil in the East India Company’s office in Leadenhall Street, London.