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Sarah Green Carmichael

Why Open Offices Will Survive

Today's flexible workspaces are surprisingly well-suited to this moment of change.

Your office awaits.

Your office awaits.

Photographer: Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Bloomberg Opinion will be running a series of features by our columnists that consider the long-term consequences of the crisis. This column is part of a package envisioning the future of work. For more, see Justin Fox on what jobs will and won't change, Elisa Martinuzzi on fixing the pandemic's gender bias and Stephen Mihm on worker protests.

When I think back to pre-coronavirus office life, it almost seems designed to spread germs.