There’s a puff of romance in the air when it comes to post-pandemic work. For the privileged, naturally. A life of wandering; without roots, ties or obligations, ‘wherever I lay my macbook, that’s my home’. Always passing through, engaging with curiosity, but fleeting contact nonetheless. It’s been born of a…

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Just in case, I’ll say now: these aren’t trends or predictions. There were times previous where it was almost safe to offer them. Rather, these are the key issues I can see the workplace facing this year and beyond. They’re inevitably intertwined. They reveal the contradictions and paradoxes inherent in…

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A belief in the necessity and viability of the office has fired emotion for many decades. Not just since March 2020. Those heretics who detested it — and the faff and cost of getting to it — often vocal and energised — were, until lockdown, mere outliers, disorganised and small…

It might appear odd to hold a workplace conference (Workplace Trends, 13th October) just as the world of offices is enjoying a crisis of identity, purpose and even, we might say, existence. Even if this predicament is to a huge degree a western hemisphere matter. There is no such forehead-rubbing…

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The workplace consultants invited us for a curry last week to celebrate their appointment on the hybrid workplace transformation pilot project.

The partner invited ten of us but only booked for four using one of the 473 indistinguishable reservation apps available. Last time around they booked for seven, but with…

There are, indeed, two parallel universes. After centuries of scientific speculation and enquiry, and extensive conceptual and creative exploration through the arts, it’s taken the comparatively minor world of Workplace to prove it. Of course, it needed the prompt of a global pandemic to reveal itself. As the trains steadily…

We all know what working in the office ‘two or three days a week’ means but we’re not saying it loudly in case the organisation realises: Tuesday and Wednesday, with Thursday only if there’s a promising leaving or birthday drink planned. Because who in their right mind would choose to…

Neil Usher

work & workplace protagonist | #ElementalWorkplace and #ElementalChange originator | rumoured to create human environments | known to blog

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