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Inside the post-pandemic office: More stairs, better acoustics, and . . . WiggleRooms?

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When COVID-19 drained offices around the world, many wondered if we were facing the end of the office. Now as the pandemic evolves from a hurricane to a steady storm, people are returning to work and these questions are dissipating. That led global office furniture maker KI to ask a lingering question: As people return to the office, what kind of office furniture will they actually need?

To get a sense of how the office environment will change, the company surveyed more than 400 architects, designers, and businesses across the U.S., gauging their workplace priorities in the hybrid office era. The biggest trend the survey revealed is a move toward offices with a diversity of workspaces. Two-thirds of respondents listed their top concern as creating a workplace that supports a variety of work styles.

Jonathan Webb, director of workplace markets at KI, led this research, and he says the trend is playing out in a variety of ways: where workers work, how desk space is partitioned, and how companies think about their outdoor space. In the........

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