- Totally Addicted
Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:33 am
roger wyoming II wrote:
This is not gospel, but I did have a chat with an AT&T worker outside One Center today and it seems like we may not be losing as many workers as once thought. A couple things he said,,,
-- there's still a fair amount of workers in One Center for the time being. He said originally they thought the lease was up this year but actually it goes until '17 so their not rushing things.
-- workers who are moving are getting sent to the historic building across the street. and that should be full once completed. He said the Manchester location really isn't an option.
-- in reference to what dredger mentioned about telecommuting, I'm not sure if I understood exactly what he was saying but it seems that they may have tightened up work-from-home arrangements or were finding as many aren't doing it as they thought there might be.
Anyway, it all sounded better than worst fears coming to pass. In an ideal world AT&T would have sold the historic building for a mixed-use project and moved everyone into One Center but it is what it is. And with the significant lead time, perhaps the owners will be able to come land something exciting.... miracles happen!
I am currently on a project that has me working in 1010 Pine. It is a ghost town. Entire floors have no - zero! - people working on them. Often I am the only one on an entire floor. There are a few people manning the central office. AT&T is also trialing a new IT service center (for laptop/hardware issues) that built out a small space on one of the floors. There are a few people staffing that.
If they've moved people to 1010 from One ATT, I sure haven't seen so much as a single one. On the other hand, I do know of maybe a half dozen that have moved out and are officially working from Des Peres (i.e. their address is there, though they may be working from home more often). So not sure why Des Peres "isn't an option" unless it was just for this individual.
Telecommuting is more nuanced than just being harder or easier to do. There were some Exec VP-levels that restricted it, or (in some cases) relocated employees' jobs from NJ to Dallas - many left instead. A new flex worker policy was implemented more or less company wide. I think the net result for the most part will be that (a) fewer people will become true teleworkers 4-5 days a week, (b) more people will work from home occasionally (1-3x a week), and (c) most in the [b] group will no longer have dedicated office space. There is a 'drop in' area to get wifi and use of a phone, and that concept will spread.
If I had to sum my expectations up in one phrase, it would be that the number of people in the downtown complex on any given day - barring any DirecTV move, of which there is absolutely no talk - will remain roughly the same, but the amount of office space dedicated to housing said workers will decrease by ~30-50%. Just my guess.