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.