30 MARCH 2020 – In a tracking survey of global corporate real estate professionals at large corporations conducted by CoreNet Global, nearly all of the respondents reported the expanded use of virtual meetings and remote work instituted as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will last beyond the current crisis.
From 25-27 March, CoreNet Global conducted an updated survey of its 11,000 members to gauge the evolving corporate real estate (CRE) response to the COVID-19 coronavirus challenge and to identify practical steps members can take to support their companies’ effort to ensure employee safety and business continuity. Separate surveys were sent to end-user members (111 responses) and service provider members (134 responses).
The survey was an update to previous surveys sent to the worldwide membership from 4-6 March and 17-19 March. Reflected in the most recent survey findings are intensified efforts to respond to COVID-19 and to respond to widespread government mandates to shelter at home (e.g., and to work from home):
Survey respondents’ long-term economic outlook is more bullish than their short-term outlook. When asked “Are you more or less optimistic about the economic future over the next three months?” the average rating (on a 1-5 scale, with 1 = low and 5 = high) was 2.3. When that time frame is expanded to six months, the rating jumped to 3.0. (These ratings were identical for both end-users and service providers.)
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CoreNet Global is a non-profit association, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), representing more than 11,000 executives in 50 countries with strategic responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations. The organization’s mission is to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, designations and networking in 45 local chapters and networking groups globally. For more information, please visit www.corenetglobal.org or follow @CoreNetGlobal on Twitter.