Many business owners are facing a tough decision around the return to the office: do you mandate in-person work? Allow remote work, or some in-between policy? Still others are hoping employees will make their own decision to venture in, and they're sweetening the deal with revamped, multifunctional office spaces more conducive to hybrid work..
That’s what Michael Martin, co-founder of real estate brokerage Avenue 8, had in mind when he closed on a new New York City office space last year. Located in a historic building in the city's Flatiron district, the office has 15-foot ceilings and arched corner windows. It's not crammed with desks, computers, and white boards. Instead, it boasts leather sofas, lots of plants, and high-end finishes, giving it an air of a private club or posh hotel lobby rather than a traditional office. And that's the point.
"It's meant to be a space where agents can come and go, do work, bring a client with a laptop, have a coffee, and or print a board package," says Martin. “"It can be easily activated for an event but also have conference rooms and spaces to do deep focused work."