The pandemic has altered the workplace dynamic, and experts say the North Jersey landscape built on officeparks is about to change forever.
“In the Northeast, the five-day-a-week in-office is history,” said Jim Hughes, a Rutgers professor and dean emeritus of the university’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Employers are now adapting to the new normal of a flexible work environment after adjustments during the pandemic showed that work from home can be managed successfully. The office park is a relic of the past, before technology such as smartphones and high-speed internet were in every home, Hughes said.
“We have a huge inventory of obsolete space,” he said.