Why Meta Just Paid $181 Million to Vacate Its London Office

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The business landscape has shifted dramatically in the post-pandemic era, especially when it comes to office space. Take Meta, previously known as Facebook, for example. The company recently ended its lease on a central London location 18 years before its lease term expired. What’s the price for making such a swift exit? A cool $181 million, equivalent to about seven years of rent for the eight-story building. The company finds itself in a “return-to-office battle,” pushing employees to spend at least three days a week at the office, despite a massive shift to remote work.

Companies like Meta are taking a hard look at their sprawling campuses and cutting their losses. The new emphasis on remote work has left vast commercial districts, like the financial hub in San Francisco, peppered with “For Lease” signs. Big tech firms are grappling with how to bring employees back, even as they endure various internal setbacks. Amazon, for instance, is having its own struggles coaxing employees back to the office. Meanwhile, Zoom, the go-to tool for remote meetings, finds itself in an ironic situation where it’s asking its own employees to come into the office. All this raises the question: If the makers of our work-from-home tools don’t need all that office space, who does?

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