muncien wrote:I'm curious how many employers are going to ask themselves why they have so much office space when so many people can effectively work from home. I realize it may not be going perfectly, but its def working well for many.
I feel like this was a question companies were already asking, and now it's been answered. I see a lot more office-to-residential conversions in our future.
Yes; it has been shifting in this direction for a while. Many new tech client projects (especially in cities where real estate is expensive) are shifting to the hoteling mentality -- there are fewer desks provided than number of employees and all desks are open seating. Employees are encouraged to work a few days at home (or from another office) and can store their personal items in a locker when they come into the office for special meetings or functions. Offices also have more "flex seating" options -- lounges or kitchenettes with power/work surfaces, phone booths for meetings, etc.
Even over the past two weeks in San Francisco we're hearing word of cancelled/delayed expansions and reduction of work space as some employees may never return to a physical office (employers have given them money to set up a personal home office). People will develop new working habits and routines if this continues for months. It saves the company money, eliminates commute time, and allows people to work the schedule that best fits their lifestyle.