Air Filters and Outdoor Spaces: Office Costs Rise as Workers Return

December 28, 2021

The cost of office maintenance dropped significantly in the pandemic when workers went remote, as companies saved money on services like cleaning and security, as well as perks like dry cleaning and endless pantry snacks.

But as employees begin to head back to the office, the cost of running the workplace is increasing.

By December, about 40 percent of workers had returned at least part time, although the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has put a chill on return-to-office plans. And developers still expect that employees will be back on site in the long run, even if hybrid work becomes more common. CP Group, which owns and manages 32 office buildings, mostly in the Southeast and Southwest, has bought $1.2 billion of office space since May, a wager that staffs will return.