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The pre-pandemic office is as obsolete as Dunder Mifflin


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by Lynn Enright
05th Jul 2021

Read time: 6 mins

"Will this be the most autumn-y autumn ever as workers are finally sent back to the office, their heels rubbing against the stiff leather of their new shoes?"

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Michael Scott in The Office. "Will this be the most autumn-y autumn ever as workers are finally sent back to the office, their heels rubbing against the stiff leather of their new shoes?"

As employers haul people back to the office this autumn, let's remember that it can be a really bad place to actually get any practical work done.

I haven’t been in an office since the pandemic began in March 2020. But most evenings over the past few months, I have sat down to watch half an hour or so of office life, catching up on the various little disasters befalling Michael Scott and his team at the Dunder Mifflin office in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I am not alone in turning to The Office (the US version) during the pandemic: in 2020, Americans cumulatively...

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