Industry News: Is CRE Out of Touch?

Our weekly round up of workplace news from around the web. 

The headquarters of Jefferies in New York. The investment bank still requires masks in its common areas, but other companies have dropped mask mandates and other Covid protocol. Credit: Jeenah Moon for The New York Times
  • Offices are still necessary, but who will use them and why? Commercial Property Executive shares an analysis from Paul Fiorilla, Yardi Matrix research director.
  • Companies that require workers to come to the office are under particular pressure to offer an “outstanding experience,” says Protocol.
  • Using local guidelines, many companies are loosening Covid safety rules, leaving workers to navigate masking and social distancing on their own. But some workers, reports The New York Times, feel uncomfortable with the rush back to open floor plans.
  • Washington Business Journal shares how Apple, Google, Microsoft and more are approaching return-to-office strategy.
  • After the upheaval of the pandemic, there’s no going back: hybrid work is here to stay. Law Society Journal asks: what sorts of physical changes should firms make to offices to realize the potential a hybrid work future offers?
  • Forbes investigates why the ‘connected office’ will shape the future of the office industry.
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