The pandemic has forced many companies to adopt remote work policies, and many offices are considering long-term or permanent shifts to remote work. But, what will the transition to remote work look like? In many ways, the bumps and challenges have already been addressed during the early onset of the pandemic, but offices that plan to adopt permanent remote work policies will likely need to also adopt more technology tools and support and new office designs for fewer employees.

“I expect there will be a permanent shift to remote working for many people depending on their industry. This was a trend we were already experiencing before COVID-19 that has been accelerated because of the pandemic,” Cindy Cooke, SVP at Colliers International, tells “Many individuals flourish working remotely, however, some are more productive working in an office environment that provides structure and camaraderie. As companies continue to embrace remote working, I anticipate changes in office designs, especially those that adapt to having fewer employees in the office at the same time and those that prioritize employee health and safety precautions.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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