Nitin Nohria: “The office-as-workplace model no longer matches the needs of many white-collar workers. An office should be more like a clubhouse.”

From a Wall Street Journal Life & Work story by Nitin Nohria headlined “The Post-Pandemic Office Should Be a Clubhouse”:

When I talk with senior executives about the ongoing pandemic, I often hear them wistfully yearn for a “return to work.” This choice of words is significant because it highlights how much we associate work with a workplace.

But the pandemic has taught us that many forms of work, especially high-end knowledge work, can be done effectively (or even more effectively) away from the workplace. When confronted with this fact, most executives say that coming to an office at least a few days a week is essential for fostering personal relationships, developing and integrating new employees, generating ideas and building company culture.