5 Ways COVID-19 Changed Site Selection

29 Jan 2021


COVID-19 didn’t just upset the established model of corporate site selection in 2020; the global pandemic obliterated it.

Site Selection Magazine’s annual survey of site selection consultants, conducted in late November, revealed five ways in which the global outbreak of coronavirus significantly altered how companies choose their business facility locations:

  1. Instead of people chasing jobs, jobs are now chasing people.

Remember the good old days when everyone checked into the central office each workday and reported for duty? Yeah, neither do we. When the pandemic hit America in early March, worksites around the country began shutting down and the shift to remote work was on.

In our survey in late 2020, we asked site consultants nationwide whether the trend toward more remote workers was affecting their clients’ site selection decisions. Some 83% of respondents said that this trend was having either some effect or significant effect on those decisions. Only 17% said the trend was having no effect.

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