Office Owners Consider More Expensive Upgrades As Slow Return To Work Continues

By Jon Banister

The return to the workplace has been slower than many office owners expected, leading them to consider costlier measures to make employees feel comfortable entering their buildings.

In the early days of the reopening process, owners implemented quick solutions, such as hand sanitizing stations and social distancing signage, but the number of employees coming back to the office has remained lower than many expected. As owners look for ways to make employees more comfortable entering buildings, and as it becomes more evident that the pandemic will have long-lasting effects on everyday life, market experts say owners are beginning to look at more substantial investments in upgrading their buildings. MRP Realty Senior Managing Director Allison DiGiovanni said the return to work has been slow, with buildings still around 10% to 15% capacity, so it is important for landlords to show tenants they are making buildings safer.

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