Illustration of employees working at desks spaced apart Businesses must find or create a space that mixes three key puzzle pieces—dedicated desks, private spaces and collaboration zones. (Image: Shutterstock)

As vaccine distribution expands across the country, employers are busy preparing their return-to-the-office strategies. But like so many other aspects of our world, office life has been fundamentally altered by the pandemic, and the workplace as we knew it is dead. Employers are re-thinking layouts and re-evaluating the need for in-person attendance in response to the popularity (and success) of remote work.

They must also consider what safety precautions will be needed for the modern workplace, one in which COVID may be less of a concern but future disease outbreaks are now a much more real possibility.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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