Just stop it:
For the second time in a week, President Biden urged for an end to remote work on Friday, framing the much-delayed return to the office for millions of white-collar workers as necessary for the United States to move beyond the pandemic. https://t.co/bjeEMosYgD
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) March 5, 2022
The reason Biden is talking about this is pressure from the FIRE lobby because CRE is tanking. I’d have shorted it a couple years ago if I had the money. People have seen there is NO reason to get back to the office because the bulk of what is being done there can be done elsewhere, and usually in a more pleasant environment and in a way that is better for the employees.
Were I a CEO of a big company in a city with a major chunk of office space, the absolute first thing I would do is move to the outskirts of said town and get a place 1/5th the size in a less prestigious location. Much of the bullshit in places like Manhattan is prestige bullshit and dickmeasuring.
Find some place out the outskirts, build some proper parking and make it near public transit, put the necessary offices for the bigwigs and people who NEED to be there every day, and then make communal workspaces that anyone can use whenever. If you absolutely must have people come in, do it so no more than 20% of your workforce comes in at a time and make it one day a week or 3-4 days every month. Issue everyone laptops or technology budgets, get rid of everything but servers and skeleton tech. Instead of paying exorbitant amounts on rent, maintenance, cooling, heating and other bullshit, cut those costs and either pay employees more or invest in cost saving technologies for your new workspace.
You’ll save money, people will be happier, and the few dickwaivers can just drive to the city to eat at The Capital Grille on their own god damned time.
Then turn those empty office buildings into housing.