Bosses without offices: CEOs ditch private spaces for their return to the workplace

Digiday 18 Aug 2021 04:01
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August 18, 2021 by Tony Case

Planning for the return to the office, Angi, the parent company of home-improvement brands Angi, HomeAdvisor and Handy, reduced the footprint of two of its three offices in the U.S. In doing so, it did away with all executive offices — including that of CEO Oisin Hanrahan — opting for an open plan, more space for collaboration and additional conference rooms.

As Hanrahan explained, the plan “lends itself to a flatter organization — it feels more approachable and breaks down barriers between the leadership and the folks who run the business.”

Even before the pandemic, many bosses were eliminating private office spaces, opting to work among employees as if to signal that the CEO role was approachable and collaborative. Among the notable examples was Michael Bloomberg who occupied a cubicle in an open-office arrangement both as head of his own corporation and as mayor of New York City. At many agencies and other companies, long gone are the days of the cushy corner office — a trend under new examination with the continued evolution of the modern workplace.

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