|Some new offices are mini towns with their own restaurants, doctor offices, and hotels. And workers actually want to go.
Bell Labs closed its doors in 2007. Now, the New Jersey campus is home to Bell Works, which houses dozens of different office tenants along with a bar, a Montessori school, and even a public indoor basketball court. Over in suburban Chicago, the 150-acre former AT&T headquarters got the same treatment.
As Insider’s Alex Nicoll reports, these megaprojects are getting fresh attention.
A highly amenitized office was already desirable before the pandemic — think of the high demand for WeWork’s community-centric office spaces — but the current struggle between office workers at home and their bosses in the office has made it even more so.
“It seems to all come back to a more modern approach to work-life balance,” an executive of a company renting out space at Bell Works told Insider, “knowing that an employee’s happiness and experience sometimes extends beyond 9-to-5 and the walls of our building.”