- January 1, 2021: Vol. 13, Number 1

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Redesigning the office: How proptech could shape the future of work

by Faisal Butt

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 — with changing lockdown restrictions, businesses fighting to adapt, and the subsequent economic downturn — there is no denying the pandemic has had a material impact on the workplace.

We are seeing businesses reassessing their real estate requirements, landlords facing the evolution of the workplace in light of increased remote working and social distancing, and investors proceeding with caution.

One thing that we do know is that out of challenging times, we often find great innovation. We have many stories of entrepreneurs turning previous economic crises into opportunities. Looking back, we can see the world’s 50 most innovative companies in 2007, as listed by The Boston Consulting Group, not only outperformed the market by 10 percent at the bottom of the global financial crisis in early 2009, but were also better able to accelerate their recovery during the period of economic prosperity that followed, and by 2012, were outp

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