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Photo of Lenny Beaudoin “A building is inherently a social network,” says Beaudoin at CBRE.

LOS ANGELES—With flexible working arrangements including telecommuting now an accepted business practice, nonetheless “the desire for engagement, culture and innovation is greater than ever before and is fostered by an environment of community, not dispersion,” according to CBRE Research’s latest Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs Report. “So how does an organization voluntarily draw people back into the office and remain competitive?”

The answer, according to CBRE’s report, is to “create a user experience, in part through technology, that makes the employee more efficient and effective in their personal and professional lives. Although technology has allowed us to decentralize from the physical workplace, it is now also the catalyst that leading organizations use to make the office the preferred place to work.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.

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