Stars and Stripes stripes.com 30 Dec, 2020 23:00 am

Six ways your office will be different in 2021, assuming you ever go back to it

Six ways your office will be different in 2021, assuming you ever go back to it
Human resources advisers, workplace designers, employment lawyers and compensation analysts share predictions for a year that could bring back some normalcy while returning people to workplaces that may never be the same.

Asked if recognizing facial expressions like smiles, frowns or eye rolls in a video call might be next, Cisco senior vice president Jeetu Patel said addressing privacy concerns has to come first."It will follow up with me with 'action items' that I agreed to," Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, said in an interview.Someone going to the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for example, will want to make the most of their time and ensure their teammates will also be there, said Liz Burow, a consultant and former vice president of workplace strategy at WeWork.Masling also predicts top executives will set an example and get publicly vaccinated, as Vice President Mike Pence did Dec.

Those working from home will see the individual faces of each colleague rather than just a view of the whole conference room, an effort to visually shrink the differences between remote and in-person workers.As more offices reopen in 2021, businesses are preparing for a hybrid workplace, with some employees returning to the office and others working from home.

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