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Why the Return-to-office Plan Remains a Challenge

Study reveals knowing your people is key

The hybrid office is here to stay if workers have any say in the matter. But how hybrid? And how much say?

Those are a couple of the questions that emerge from a recent nationwide study from Building Owners and Managers International about the effect of COVID-19 on commercial real estate. Though an overwhelming majority of respondents polled this past summer—86 percent—say that office space “is or will be vital to conducting a successful business,” there’s a lot of wiggle room in terms of how remote work will happen in that context, and what that office space will ultimately look like.

BOMA’s survey found that tenants see “more value” in office space, and that they perceive an overall stronger interest in returning to the office. But that doesn’t spell the imminent return of the pre-pandemic office. Tellingly, 71 percent of tenants say that “even if the coronavirus threat disappears, we will likely continue investments in technology/infrastructure and policies/procedures to facilitate remote work.” And a majority—55 percent—expressed some degree of support for more telework.

Please select this link to read the complete article from ASAE’s Center for Association Leadership.

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