The Office of Tomorrow?

The open-office concept with densely-clustered cubicles was pretty common before the pandemic hit, but I think it’s safe to say that we’ll see a much different configuration if/when we return to the office. What that’ll actually look like is anyone’s guess, but it could look kind of like what’s pictured here:

This was a concept was created, pre-pandemic, resulting from the collaboration between Susan Cain, author of Quiet, and Steelcase, a workplace design firm. The goal was to create a workspace where introverts could thrive. The really interesting thing is that, if you take a close look, it could potentially address important health and safety issues that organizations will have to put in place. Notice the enclosed workspace, the 1-person lounge area with a glass partition separating socially-distanced desks (facing away from each other). Incidentally, all that natural light coming through is pretty nice bonus. I like working from home, but I have to say coming back to an office that resembles this could possibly tempt me.

Life in Spain vs. the US: Quarantine Edition

I recently spoke with my friend, Leonid, who I know from DC, and who recently relocated to Sitges, Spain. Below are photos from his library of his new hometown. If I didn’t like him, I’d hate him for living in such a beautiful city! 🙂

Anyway, in this podcast we compare and contrast the quarantine situation between Spain and the US, and how we’re both handling it, not only on an individual level, but also from a national perspective.

In the next podcast, we’ll be “traveling” to Germany to visit with friends to see how they’re doing in the face of the pandemic.

Navigating the workplace as an introvert, Part I

 

Eric Spector from the Bottom Line podcast series interviewed Stephen Beattie and me for this podcast installment. In the episode, we cover a range of introversion topics geared towards students and established professionals alike. Do you ever get stressed out aboutintrovert-office-design career fairs? Or are those status meetings at work really draining your energy levels? Take a listen to hear our tips to improve your experience!

We’d like to especially thank Eric for having us as guests on his show. He did all the hard work and made us sounds good, so props to him!