Hello, Buffalo: As Office Work Goes Hybrid, Businesses Are Asking How Much Space They Really Need |

After two years of working remotely, Clevermethod is ditching its unique offices along the Buffalo River with rolling doors and even a kayak launch out back. Now the marketing agency is trying to find someone to sublet the space it once coveted for a workforce that stays away.

Robert Kirkham

As office work goes hybrid, businesses wonder how much space they really need

Businesses large and small are taking a closer look at how much office space they need. After two years of pandemic-related remote work, many employees prefer working from home and are doing so productively. This can leave employers paying for a lot of empty rented space.

Matt Glynn and Jon Harris of The News report that companies are responding to this phenomenon in all sorts of ways. Some are delaying making long-term rental decisions or signing short-term renewals. Others reduce the amount of space they use. Still others, like Clevermethod in Buffalo, are leaving their offices, at least for now.

“You have to adapt,” said Clevermethod President Doug Kasperek. “That’s the bottom line here. I think a lot of old school companies were so resilient that they just expected everyone to come back, well, that was another story.

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