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Hybrid Work Spurs Rethink of Office Space Design

The adoption of hybrid work is driving companies to lease less space and redesign their offices to be more effective for employees, with space changes varying by industry, CBRE reported Tuesday. The latest CBRE Global Workplace & Occupancy Insights report, based on a survey of 66 global occupiers, found that 90% offered a hybrid work arrangement to employees in 2023. 

Survey respondents have increased collaborative, “we” space to 20% of their office square footage in 2023 from 14% in 2021. In turn, they have downsized private, “me” space to 45% in 2023 from 56% in 2021.  

“The demand for office space is no longer driven by the number of employees a company has,” said Susan Wasmund, CBRE’s global leader of occupancy management. “Instead, it’s driven by a combination of office policies and employee behaviors, which is why corporate real estate leaders are so focused on understanding office attendance and how the space is being used.” 


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