As COVID-19 numbers fall, more offices are setting timelines to bring their employees back to the office. But they’re realizing it may take a lot of convincing to get workers to leave their comfy home offices to come back into the office. They’re increasingly taking on remodels to attract employees back, adding amenities such as outdoor terraces, private gyms, green spaces, lounge areas, and flexible conference centers.
“There is no more room for generic work environments,” Laurent Lisimachio, principal and design director at Gensler, told the New York Post. “You are competing with someone’s living room so commercial real estate has to be the site of incredible experiences.”
Companies are taking on several renovations, like efforts to improve buildings’ air quality to make their employees feel safer and offering additional space so workers won’t feel cramped.