What offices will look like going forward

ABC's Diedre Bolton joins us with more on new CDC guidelines about working environments.
2:33 | 05/30/20

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return to the office and this new era of social distancing and the pandemic, expect temperature checks and an end to the communal coffee pot. ABC's Deirdre Bolton joins us with more on the new CDC guidelines. Deirdre, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. Well, you're right. The CDC recommendations may remake office life. In fact, some companies may decide that it's just easier to leave workers home for a while leaving office spaces and buildings such as this empty. This morning, as states re-open millions of Americans are wondering when or if they'll return to the office. A survey from the IBM institute for business values shows more than 75% of employees would like to continue working from home at least sometimes. More than half say skipping a time eating, the stressful commute gives them more time for work. Not everyone loves it. For me being home, I didn't love it. I'm antsy to get back. Reporter: In the near term the CDC is recommending sweeping changes to American offices. Employees should get a temperature and symptom check upon arrival. Desks should be six feet apart like these offices at real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield. If not possible, employers should consider installing plastic shields. Seating should be barred in common areas and face coverings worn at all times. There are obvious benefits of being in an office, especially in creative industries or industries or companies where you have to collaborate. Reporter: Leadership adviser Lisa skeet Tatum says corporate America is never going back to the way it was, and that's a good thing. Now, the playing field has been leveled. Whereas talent was reserved for someone to come into the office or maybe live in high rent districts, now you can find great talent anywhere and everywhere. Reporter: A Brookings institution analysis show that even prepandemic, the three largest metro areas were losing population -- New York, L.A. And Chicago. Workers were looking for more affordable cities, Tucson, Arizona, Columbus, Ohio, Raleigh, North Carolina. To be sure, we are living a live experiment in our corporate culture. Whit? That's right, everything is going to be very, very different. No question about that. Deirdre, thank you so much.

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