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Special Report

National Office Outlook

Third Quarter 2020

Health Crisis Redefining Organizations and the Workplace,
Placing Focus on Low-Density, More-Suburban Markets

Office workers facing a new environment. The pandemic has rapidly reshaped Americans’ daily routines with many office workers now working from home for six months with no clear end in sight. Some large tech firms have announced a full transition to remote work, raising questions over the future of the traditional office model. For the vast majority of companies, office space will remain essential to their operation, though many will adopt a more flexible model that allows for some days to be remote. In preparation for the return of the workforce, safety and employee well-being are top concerns that have led to temporary measures such as plexiglass barriers, thermal scanners and one-way hallways, though the pandemic will also create more lasting changes to offices.

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