Survey: Two-Thirds of U.S. Business Offices Anticipate Reopening by Fall (i4cp login required)

Productivity

Commutes may be a little longer during the summer and into
fall of 2021, according to new data from the Institute for Corporate
Productivity (i4cp), a
human capital research firm. With over half of adults in the U.S. having
received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and the numbers rising
steadily, businesses are solidifying their plans to reopen workplaces—if they
haven’t already.

Nearly two-thirds (61%) of
the 405 HR professionals surveyed in i4cp’s monthly series tracking vaccine and
return to work trends report that employees have already begun to return to the
workplace or will by summer. That is an increase from the 53% that reported the
same in March. Specifically:

  • 24% say employees have already returned or have
    begun returning to the workplace
  • 37% plan to return employees to the workplace by
    the end of September

While 6% the respondents, half of whom represent global or
multinational organizations, don’t anticipate reopening offices until the final
quarter of the year and another 5% until 2022, only 10% reported that they have
yet to decide on next steps.

Of course, “returning employees to the workplace” does not
mean a return to pre-COVID levels of people working closely together. Hybrid
and flexible schedules are expected to remain in place at many organizations
for the foreseeable future; exactly what this means is a matter and debate and
something i4cp is analyzing as part of its From Cube to Cloud™:
The Next Era of Work
study.

More findings from April’s Getting Employees Vaccinated
survey will be available soon.

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