The Future of Work Calls for Evolution, Not Just Another Change

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According to the Journal of Social Psychology, it takes 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. During the pandemic, we had roughly 600 days to develop new habits ranging from changes in work patterns, processes, schedules, mindsets and more. And although the workforce experienced this massive shift relatively at the same time, the habits that were adopted were formed at an individual level, while the office—with its relationships, norms, culture—was removed from the equation. As companies across industries prepare to bring employees back to the office, this will be the most complex workplace-centered change management effort that any organization ever undertakes. In a piece penned for Work Design Magazine, workplace design strategist and expert Alexis Kim shares why.