Noise is a factor in creating a healthy and comfortable space as firms try to ease the transition after years of remote work.
Juggling hors d'oeuvres and handshakes is no easy task.
Office occupancy remains low in cities like New York and San Francisco, while places like Columbus, Ohio, are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels.
If the pandemic didn't convince CEOs to get rid of costly in-person work environments, an economic downturn might do the trick.
As COVID surges again in some areas and employees push to work at home most days, companies are trying to find the right balance.
They've been among the most aggressive employers when it comes to bringing workers back into face-to-face contact.
A flood of return-to-office consultants are rushing to fill the void of expertise created by pandemic uncertainty.