An emphasis on collaboration and the availability of higher quality Internet connections, acoustics, and technology are the primary differences in how work offices are being designed today, according to Tim Betjemann, Geographic Discipline Leader, Colliers Project Leaders.

Companies are having their employees assigned with "heads-down" work to do so from home. In the office, for the past four years, the focus is on collaboration either locally or via video conferencing, Betjemann said.

Conference rooms, huddle rooms, and breakout areas comprise a greater percentage of the overall office environment, according to Colliers, which also creates a better sense of community and gives people a reason to come back to the office.

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