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Recognising the socio-technical opportunity of workplace: an analysis of early responses to COVID-19

Moriarty, C, Tucker, M, Ellison, I, Pinder, J and Wilson, H Recognising the socio-technical opportunity of workplace: an analysis of early responses to COVID-19. Corporate Real Estate Journal. ISSN 2043-9148 (Accepted)

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Abstract

COVID-19 has disrupted the ways in which we work, offering an opportunity to rethink our workplaces. Organisations have had to adapt and respond in unprecedented ways to enable continued organisational performance that have come to see many working from home. Early responses to ‘return-to-work’ have sought to repurpose existing workspace arrangements, but they miss the unique opportunity to reconceive ‘workplace’ more comprehensively, as well as the role the property community have in enabling work. This paper aims to highlight the opportunity of viewing workplace holistically through the lens of socio-technical systems. An examination of the early responses to the pandemic identified a focus on the technical aspects of reoccupying workspaces, but taking from socio-technical systems, this should not be at the detriment to other factors. A more nuanced debate regarding who should return to work and how this will occur is presented, which highlights further a need to move beyond the physical workspace and to reflect on how we can enable ways of working.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; coronavirus; pandemic; Built environment; facility/ facilities management (FM); Workplace; Workspace; Socio-technical systems
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Henry Stewart Publications
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 11:50
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 11:50
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13587

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