Now that corporate giants like Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Google are calling most employees back to the office, America stands on the precipice of a mass return to in-person work.
For the last 15 months, design experts and business leaders have speculated on what the office of the future will look like, scrutinized how other countries are handling their post-pandemic returns, and agonized over remote-work burnout and the need for in-person interaction.
The latest prediction: Companies will only need 9% less office space per employee, while the pandemic-fueled downturn in office rents and the uptick in vacancies will end by 2025, according to a new study by CBRE, the world's largest commercial real estate services and brokerage firm. It's impossible to know exactly how' new hybrid work models will actually affect companies' need for physical workspaces — and the US office real-estate market more broadly — but CBRE's forecast is both the most recent and most specific analysis so far.
The data comes from CBRE's latest econometrics report, a 15-page document sent to clients that draws its conclusions from a survey of 185 companies of all sizes that the firm conducted among its office-space occupiers this spring.