Employees are expecting some drastic changes before they return to the office, including more space for social distancing and stricter sick policies, according to a new Gensler survey.

While more employers expect better flexibility to work from home in the future, three-quarters of employees who took Gensler's survey said they miss collaborating in person with colleagues after COVID-19 shuttered offices across the nation.

"When employees do come to the office, they expect it to be for collaboration and social connection," according to the report. "Nearly all workers list people focused reasons as most important for coming into the workplace, with little variation across industries. Despite the rapid adoption of virtual collaboration technologies, people still clearly value face-to-face interactions over virtual ones, in many cases, and miss the company of their coworkers."

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Nate Robson

Nate Robson is the U.S. Supreme Court and regulatory editor. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @Nate_Robson1.