The office is dead, long live the office

Discussing the them of How We Work and Why We Work on the final day of the BCO conference, the speakers challenged one another on the core reasons for working. Renowned architect, Roger Zogolovitch, said that "life is divied into internal time and external time, so while we don’t always need a physical capsule for working in, we also have a desperate need for a working landscape."

Margolis reinforced this, stressing that "while flexible working such as remote or home working is great, you also get an emotional connection in an office – for example if you see someone you grasp what they mean, not just hear what they want you to hear."

However, Lindkvist rejected the notion of offices and the world of desk-bound work, challenging the industry to identify the meaning in work, saying that "work needs to be more than just about delivering a paycheck – there needs to be some meaning." Zogolovitch responded by saying that workers must find their own meaning, urging office workers to "take control of our lives and the work we do, which in turn will help to give work meaning."

The BCO Annual Conference, brings together the BCO’s membership – a mix of senior figures in organisations responsible for designing, building, owning, managing and occupying offices in the UK. The Conference is considered one of the property sector’s premier events and in 2010 took place in London for the first time in 17 years.

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