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Return-to-Workplace Uptick Closely Tied to Use of Hybrid Schedules

September 21, 2022


More workers are coming back to the workplace. The Wall Street Journal reports that the return rate in major cities is the highest it’s been—nearly half of pre-pandemic levels—since the public health crisis forced most businesses to close their brick-and-mortar locations in 2020.

The increase appears to be tied to new hybrid work schedules.

“Employees with the ability to work remotely are largely anticipating a hybrid office environment going forward—one that allows them to spend part of their week working remotely and part in the office,” Gallup reported. It’s clear, the Washington, D.C.-based analytics company added, that “we’re not returning to the same workplace we left.” Workers have gotten used to the flexibility that working from home affords them.

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