You'll Never Guess Where I'm Working From Now！
Pilita Clark 皮莉塔·克拉克
Among the many things I have failed to do in my career， there is one that I seriously regret. I have never been on a corporate retreat. Nor have I been to an away day， or anything else that could remotely be described as an “off-site”.
People who have been on such things，before Covid put an end to them， always said I should be grateful to have been spared.
I never believed this for a second， not after discovering the sorts of places friends were spending their away days. The stately country homes. The luxury hotels. The beachside resorts. I'm sorry， but being paid to sip poolside daiquiris after a heavy morning of kayaking does not sound like a bad day at work to me.
So with the pandemic turning working life upside down， I was interested to hear about one company that has decided to ditch its fancy downtown offices and see if it can find new workplaces that capture the best of the away day， every day.
The Golin PR firm has more than 1，000 staff worldwide， mainly in the US and mostly still working from home thanks to Covid.
Like a lot of other businesses， its staff are keen on hybrid working， or a mix of days at home and in the office. Unlike others， it has been able to give up the leases on two of its Californian offices， one in San Francisco that housed about 35 people and a larger one in Los Angeles that had roughly 100. It has decided to experiment to see if it can replace those offices with what its chief operating officer，Gary Rudnick， calls “inspirational” work spots that spur the collaboration and energy he thinks the best away days instil.
No decisions have been made yet， but Rudnick has had plenty of advice on what to try， from museums and sports venues to restaurants and warehouses. “We want them to be unique，” he says.
Having had a brief taste of shared office life last month， when dodgy home WiFi drove me into the arms of a local Regus office， I am sure the staff will survive. The WiFi was great. The coffee was fine and the view was pleasingly different.
Yet it was nothing compared with the grand visions floated by the likes of Marc Benioff， founder of the Salesforce cloud computing group. His thinking on new ways of working post-pandemic has led him to muse about buying some sort of ranch that could be used to train employees and boost corporate culture.
Either way， it is clear that a welcome new mood of experimentation is afoot. Like so much else in the pandemic， it is impossible to know how it will end.