Approaching a New Normal for Office Sector

Mar 28, 2024, 12:05 PM by Matt Mowell
The office sector is showing signs of balance between supply and demand, as companies have adjusted their lease commitments and are urging employees to return to the office.

Despite the well-publicized challenges facing the office sector, signs of supply/demand equilibrium are emerging. Office rightsizing appears to be nearing an end as most companies have adjusted their lease commitments and are becoming more insistent about employees returning to the office. Sublease vacancy has begun to decline and occupied space per employee appears to have stabilized at 148 sq. ft. or 9% below the pre-pandemic level. However, reductions in space per employee pre-dated the pandemic as companies have long sought greater efficiencies and many allowed remote work arrangements. Given this backdrop, CBRE EA believes the overall office vacancy rate will peak at approximately 20% by 2025. 

Figure 1: Occupied Space per Employee, Square Feet (SF)


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