Ashland Business Columnist Paula M Parker Endorses Return To Office

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A Sumerian bazaar office environment. Crazy idea? Maybe not.

Post-pandemic, companies are struggling to redesign the workplace. Remote. Hybrid. Some employees don’t want to go back to the office, ever.

Meanwhile, a business must generate income; otherwise it’s just an idea. I’ve been around for a while, producing in and out of an office. As an advisor, this is what I know to be true: Humans need to be with other humans.

Enter the revival of the American workplace, Sumerian Bazaar style.

Called trade fairs today, Sumerian bazaars and European market fairs have been around since the dawn of civilization. They satisfy an essential human need: to connect with other humans.

Boom. This also applies in business. Because there is no identical substitute for face-to-face communication. People will say things in person that they would never say over text or email. Conversely, some people would rather eat a bowl of bugs than talk on a Zoom call.

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