In today's ever-evolving work landscape, where remote work is gaining significant traction and transforming the traditional office setup, it is crucial to shed light on an unpopular but thought-provoking opinion: full-time in-office work is the best way to work. While the lure of remote work cannot be denied, it is essential to recognize the immeasurable benefits of in-person interaction within a professional workspace, especially for creative work which requires collaboration across teams.

Intimate social connections play a profound role in enhancing human well-being. In a groundbreaking study published in Nature Neuroscience, a team of researchers led by Rebecca Saxe, a renowned neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovered that social interaction is not just beneficial but an absolute necessity for humans, comparable in importance to the basic need for food and water. This research sheds light on the profound impact of social connections on our overall health and emphasizes the significance of fostering meaningful relationships in our lives.

Being physically present in an office environment allows for spontaneous interactions, collaboration, and innovative ideas. In-person meetings offer the exchange of ideas, nuances, and non-verbal cues that can't be replicated over Zoom.

The office also influences job satisfaction, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie. Building relationships, celebrating victories, and offering face-to-face support creates a positive work culture and community.

Additionally, full-time in-office work promotes professional growth, offering networking opportunities, mentorship, and exposure to diverse projects. Learning from seasoned professionals and collaborating with diverse teams contributes to a fulfilling work experience, fueling creativity and personal development.

Here at LETTER FOUR, we are back to working full-time, in-office, at our beautiful new space in the Culver City/Mar Vista area of Los Angeles. We feel strongly that in order to provide the high level of collaboration between our construction and architecture teams that is a cornerstone of our business, and to follow our unique CLEAR 4-Step Design-Build process, we need to physically be in the same space. Don’t get us wrong, we survived and our business thrived through the pandemic, but working remotely just wasn’t the same as communicating face to face.

1. Enhanced Collaboration and Communication

Working in-office enhances collaboration and communication among team members, fostering a sense of teamwork. Spontaneous brainstorming sessions, impromptu meetings, and immediate feedback cultivate camaraderie and boost productivity. Reading non-verbal cues facilitates effective collaboration and builds strong relationships. Serendipitous encounters and watercooler conversations spark new ideas and provide solutions to ongoing challenges. Our positive work culture thrives through meaningful connections, promoting exceptional results.

2. Building a Strong Company Culture

Within the Letter Four office, the physical presence of employees greatly contributes to the development of a strong and vibrant company culture. By sharing workspaces, individuals have the opportunity to form a deep sense of belonging and forge meaningful connections with their colleagues. Engaging in collaborative office activities like team-building exercises and social events plays a pivotal role in fostering a positive work environment and nurturing a cohesive team dynamic at Letter Four. 

These shared experiences facilitate open communication, encourage creative thinking, and strengthen bonds among team members, ultimately leading to increased productivity and overall job satisfaction. The face-to-face interactions and personal connections forged within the office space create a supportive and motivating atmosphere, enabling employees to thrive not only individually but also as part of a united and harmonious workforce.

3. Mentorship and Professional Growth

At Letter Four, the experience of working in-person offers invaluable opportunities for mentorship and professional growth. Collaborating with seasoned colleagues creates an optimal environment for continual learning and skill development. Our mentors provide essential guidance, support, and empower junior employees to gain insights, knowledge, expertise, and career advice, propelling their personal and professional advancement.

"Being present in the office allows our team to engage in face-to-face meetings for collaborative sketch reviews in real-time," explains Lauren Adams, owner. "This seamless workflow enables us to effortlessly compare sketches with on-screen models, facilitating smoother discussions around conceptual project designs. On the design front, I can conveniently pop into Nicole's office to review sketches together in real-time, fluidly switching between sketches and 3D models on her screen as we work on a Conceptual Design."

4. Reduced Distractions and Increased Focus

Working in a dedicated office environment, like that of Letter Four, comes with several advantages over remote work settings. By eliminating distractions typically found at home, employees can maintain better focus and concentration on their tasks. The structured routine provided by the office fosters productivity, leading to increased efficiency and overall job satisfaction. Additionally, the office promotes collaboration and social interactions, fostering a supportive work culture that aligns with Letter Four's values.

5. Promoting Work-Life Balance

Contrary to popular belief, embracing full-time in-office work can significantly enhance work-life balance. As Nicole, a Project Manager, explains, "Working from home during the peak of the pandemic was interesting at first with trying to understand how to communicate effectively without having face-to-face interactions with people, but also proved as a challenge to truly separate work from my home life. I would find myself accidentally working longer hours and, if I remembered something I forgot to take care of during working hours, I would simply walk over to my desk and quickly address it, not realizing that I was not truly logging off on any given day. I would also end up eating meals at my desk and not really stepping away for some much-needed reboot time. Being in the office now, I'm able to maintain the balance, fully being in the work mindset when I need to be, and likewise fully being present in my personal life."

By establishing a clear separation between work and personal life through physically going to an office, individuals can recharge, dedicate quality time to their personal lives, and enjoy a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.


While remote work undeniably offers flexibility and convenience, at Letter Four, we are dedicated to providing the best possible environment to flourish as we work side by side in our office. By prioritizing physical presence within a professional workspace, individuals can harness the benefits of enhanced collaboration, a strong company culture, mentorship opportunities, reduced distractions, increased focus, and improved work-life balance. Ultimately, embracing the dynamics of the evolving work landscape and making informed choices will allow our team to thrive professionally while maintaining a healthy work-life equilibrium. 

Join us at Letter Four and experience the power of a supportive and productive work environment! Explore our website and schedule your free initial consultation today!