2020 is behind us, leaving us with a glimmer of hope that life will eventually return to normal once the pandemic wanes. Most things will eventually reopen — bars, schools, stores, and even large events like CES . But there's one thing that may never "reopen." The office. According to a Microsoft survey from August, 82% of managers expect to have more flexible work from home policies after the pandemic is over, while 71% of employees reported a desire to continue working from home at least part-time. In other words, online collaboration, all-day videoconferencing, and makeshift home offices are here to stay. If we're in this for the long haul, it's time we reconsidered the tools and products we rely on every day to make it work. So, at CES 2021, I went soul-searching on the virtual show-floor for a new vision for the future of work. Here's what I found. The birth of the hybrid worker I started by speaking with someone whose actual job it is to think about the future of work. Loretta Li-Sevilla is the lead of the future work department — yes, that exists — at HP. According to Li-Sevilla, the pandemic and subsequent quarantine… Read full this story
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