When will office workers go back? Here’s what companies are saying
At one point the target was the start of 2021. Then it was bumped to July. Now September is the new goal that many companies have marked on the calendar for bringing back office workers who have been working remotely for the past year.
Maybe. Companies are wary of setting hard deadlines, recent reporting by The New York Times found. Some corporations are reopening offices in the spring, while many are saying they will remain flexible, will stage returns over several months and will allow some workers to continue to work from home for a few days a week or more. As nerve-racking as it was for people last year to be abruptly torn from their desks, many people find the prospect of returning distressing. You can read more here.
Here is what some of the country’s biggest companies are telling workers.
Ford, which has more than 30,000 employees in the United States working remotely because of the pandemic, said in March that it would transition to a “flexible hybrid work model.”
IBM, which employs about 346,000 people, hasn’t set a strict timeline for when its U.S. workers will return to the office. It expects about 80 percent of its employees to work with some combination of remote and office schedules, depending largely on role.
It is considering a rotational work model, meaning employees would switch between working remotely and in the office.
The consulting firm formerly known as PriceWaterhouseCooper, which has about 284,000 employees, is set to open one office in each of its major cities in May and all of its offices in September.
Most of Walmart’s 1.5 million employees work at the retail giant’s stores, and a vast number have continued to go into work throughout the pandemic.
At Wells Fargo, 60,000 employees worked at bank branches and other facilities during the pandemic, but 200,000 more worked remotely. The company told its staff in a memo last month that it had set a Sept. 6 return-to-office target and was “optimistic” that conditions surrounding Covid-19 vaccinations and case levels would allow it to keep it.
Our new Compass office at 851 Madison opened a few weeks ago. Initially, we were hesitant to return back to the office but after the initial transition, I can tell you…It’s great to be back in the office! The market is in full swing. Please reach out if you have any questions.