86% of respondents affirm their in-person office is vital to operating their business, up from 78% in 2021.
72% say they would renew their lease if it were up today, up from 38% in 2021, returning to a pre-pandemic baseline and showing tenants have more clarity on their future space needs now.
76% said their employees and colleagues support returning to physical offices.
Decision-makers predict, on average, that 29% of their employee base will be partly or fully hybrid/remote 12-18 months from now, similar to the 26% who said so in 2021. Still, two thirds would prefer that hybrid/remote work be limited to not more than 2 days per week.
Almost two thirds of employers would prefer hybrid work schedules with at least three to four days in the office—a percentage that exactly aligns with the preferences of the employees they manage.
The number of respondents across tenant sizes reporting they will reassess space needs (70%) has increased 15 points since 2021, indicating more certainty around potential changes. Among those respondents reassessing space, 61% would reduce their square footage, amounting to 51% of all office tenants surveyed (up from 37% in 2021). Notably, 36% of those reassessing would be expanding their square footage, amounting to 3 in ten tenants in the sample.
78% of tenants seek property owner or manager investments beyond the status quo in health and wellness amenities and programs designed to improve in-office collaboration.
2021 BOMA International COVID-19 Commercial Real Estate Impact Study
The results of the 2021 BOMA International COVID-19 Commercial Real Estate Impact Study reveal the transformational effects of the pandemic on the commercial office sector and tenant workplaces. Drawing from the responses of more than 3,000 U.S. commercial office space decision-makers, the 2021 study, which was fielded from March to May of 2021, reveals a growing optimism around the return to the office, mediated by tenants’ increasing clarity around the new normal of office and remote work practices. This is the second in a series of studies commissioned by BOMA International, underwritten by Yardi and developed by Brightline Strategies. To learn more about this study, click the cover image to download the executive summary and read our press release.
2020 BOMA International COVID-19 Commercial Real Estate Impact Study
While COVID-19 continues to be a disruptive force for the office sector and its occupiers, the perceived value of the office as a key ingredient of business success remains strong. That is one of the major takeaways from this first groundbreaking, nationwide study of more than 3,000 U.S. office space decision-makers commissioned by BOMA International, underwritten by Yardi and developed by Brightline Strategies. The study, fielded from September 1 to October 31, 2020, was designed to assess the latest in tenant sentiments relating to the pandemic, as well as its impacts on their businesses, attitudes towards the physical work environment and office space decisions going forward. The findings provide a clear picture as to the pandemic’s broader transformational effects on the office sector and what measures owners and operators can leverage to mitigate downstream risk.
To learn more about this study, click the cover image to download the executive summary and read our press release.