Are workers more creative in the office?

Employees at the San Francisco HQ of Envoy, a start-up whose latest product lets staff book desks for when they go into their company’s workplace.
Employees at the San Francisco HQ of Envoy, a start-up whose latest product lets staff book desks for when they go into their company’s workplace.PHOTO: NYTIMES

(NYTIMES) - When Yahoo banned working from home in 2013, the reason was one often cited in corporate America: Being in the office is essential for spontaneous collaboration and innovation.

"It is critical that we are all present in our offices," wrote Ms Jacqueline Reses, then a Yahoo executive, in a staff memo. "Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people and impromptu team meetings."

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