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The pandemic has catalyzed tremendous change. In the office sector, those changes are still evolving, but at this point, many are predicting the industry will adopt a hybrid work model with a mash-up of in-office and remote work and more reliance on regional office space. The change won’t only impact office usage but office culture as well. Specifically, it could upend the idea of the first-one-in, last-one-out hard work mentality of the office.

Office experts at a virtual CREW San Diego event poised the question of how office culture will change under a hybrid work structure. If employees aren’t in the office, how will leaders and other employees perceive hard work? In the past, flexible workers have been penalized, said Mary Blair-Loy, professor of sociology and co-director for Center for Research on Gender in STEMM at the University of California at San Diego, at the event. “This has been uprooted,” she said. “There is a great possibility to keep hybrid model with protections in place.” This would de-stigmatize workplace flexibility.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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