Here’s what 15 local companies say

Dallas Business Journal (March 26, 2021) One year has passed since a shelter-in-place order was issued in Dallas County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, Dallas has gone remote and most companies have still not returned to the office. In the meantime, companies are having discussions about what the future of the workplace will be in a post-pandemic world and how the physical office could change because of COVID-19. There has so far been no universal answer to the following questions, and each company is approaching these topics differently.

To gain further insight on what companies are doing locally, the Business Journal asked CEOs and top executives of North Texas companies when they plan to return fully to the office and what their future office space needs could be moving forward. The following responses are edited for brevity and clarity.

Sharon Morrison, CEO and partner at Frisco-based real estate company esrp

We have been back 100 percent since August with only a couple of cases of COVID that did not result in any spread due to our great protocol.

Larger clients are still out of office until summer, fall or January 2022 (it’s a mixed bag) but the smaller ones are mostly back or at least trending that way. Companies and employees who were satisfied with the productivity of remote work are now understanding the importance of culture, energy, mentoring and idea sharing that just don’t happen if you aren’t in the same space at least some of the time.