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The end of the office

Shared working spaces were losing popularity even before the pandemic forced us into working from home. Will we miss them more than we think?

© Hayley Warnham

As a new graduate in the halcyon final years of the last century, nothing did more to confirm that I’d joined the adult world than my first office job. The building itself played a greater role than the work—fuzzily-defined editorial duties for a publishing firm I’d previously interned with one student summer. Back then the office had consisted of cramped rooms above a boutique off Oxford Street. While I was finishing my degree, however, the company had moved into a shiny glass tower that…

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