Post-pandemic: The office has a future

Random workplace chatter is still highly valued for sparking innovation, even though remote work is here to stay post-pandemic. In the first edition of the relaunched Tech section every Tuesday, The Straits Times speaks to tech giants and experts to get their views.

Many offices remain closed, while some firms have allowed only a portion of their workforce back. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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SINGAPORE - Casual encounters in the office cafe, lounge or hallway - or "water-cooler moments" as they are known - have long been associated with the increased collaboration and innovation that contributed to the success of technology firms like Google and Apple.

But when the Covid-19 pandemic struck and the world went virtual, these unplanned encounters were disrupted.

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