According to survey results, more than half of the surveyrespondents said at least 10% of their knowledge workers workremotely and 65% of respondents said they have stopped providingworkspace for at least 10% of their work force. The factors drivingthis trend are corporations' desire to reduce costs and workers'desires for more flexibility in where and when they work. "Today'sforward-thinking, results-driven companies are sending workershome, purging underutilized real estate, saving money andreinventing the whole concept of 'going to work,'" says CoreNetGlobal director of global research Eric Bowles.

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To complete the survey, CoreNet Global spoke with 27 topcorporate real estate professionals from Fortune 500 firms, theirglobal equivalents or service providers.

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The survey results are consistent with CoreNet Global's studyconducted in 2004, "Corporate Real Estate 2010: Enabling Work in aNetworked World (CoRE 2010)." That study showed that at least 25%of corporations' knowledge workers would work remotely by 2010.

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From the employers' perspective, the desire for efficiency isdriving workplace initiatives. According to the survey, 54% ofrespondents cited higher utilization of space as one of the topthree workplace objectives, 58% named the need to improveefficiency and productivity and 45% said they wanted to reducecosts.

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Among other survey results, 73% of respondents said introducedor increased desk sharing/unassigned workstations were deployedworkplace tactics in the past year; 69% said improved ergonomics,lighting, comfort and functionality were deployed tactics; and 60%said introduced or increased drop-in spaces were deployedtactics.

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