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Good morning. David Meyer right here in Berlin, filling in for Alan.

As somebody who has labored from dwelling for practically a decade now—it’s not for everybody, however I prefer it—it appears like half the world has joined me over the past 10 months. And that, it appears, just isn’t going to alter anytime quickly, at the same time as populations get vaccinated.

At the least, that’s a primary takeaway from the most recent analysis Fortune has completed with Deloitte, surveying CEOs about their remote-work plans.

The final survey spherical, back in September, confirmed three-quarters of CEOs thought they would want much less workplace area sooner or later. And in January, regardless of the intervening interval that includes good news on vaccine efficacy plus the following graduation of inoculation drives in lots of nations, the determine had barely shifted.

A comparability of the 2 surveys’ outcomes suggests a slight improve in CEOs’ forecasts for folks returning to the workplace—the proportion of respondents predicting a necessity for “rather less” workplace area went up from 48% to 56%, whereas “loads much less” dropped from 28% to twenty%—however the general prediction of needing much less area remained practically fixed.

As Fortune‘s Lance Lambert notes in his piece on the latest results, that’s not good for the business real-estate (CRE) sector, which is already seeing many tenants shutting down as lockdowns drag on—a state of affairs that’s clearly additionally worrying the banks, notably smaller ones, that may not see their CRE loans repaid.

One other fear: the bodily and psychological well being results of working from dwelling. The U.Okay.’s Royal Society for Public Well being reported yesterday that, of those that switched to home-working within the context of the pandemic, two thirds felt much less related to colleagues, practically half have been taking much less train, and 39% have been growing musculoskeletal issues. Remember to exercise, people!

Nonetheless, I feel the work-from-home motion might have some actual advantages, as soon as this pandemic has handed.

One motive I like dwelling in Berlin is its decentralized nature—whereas there’s a geographical middle to the town, the populace doesn’t focus there throughout working hours, and consequently each neighborhood persistently retains a pulse. That’s good for neighborliness (consider me; I used to stay in London so I do know what the choice appears to be like like), and superb for small companies. If the identical forces that result in much less workplace area additionally find yourself having this impact, I’d rely that as a win.

Information under, and revel in your weekends.

David Meyer


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