The days of working from home can numbered; while some companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, are dumping office space, others are ramping up their return to work plans. Just this week, Google, one of the first U.S. companies to return employees to the office last year because of the coronavirus, told staffers that it is accelerating plans to get back in the office before the Sept. 1 deadline. In a memo to Bloomberg employees that was first reported by Business Insider, Michael Bloomberg said that he expects workers to return to the office as soon as they are vaccinated. In a survey of more than 350 CEOs and human resources and finance leaders, 70% said they planned to have employees back in the office by the fall of this year, according to a report by staffing firm LaSalle Network.
I think every office will have re-entry done by Labor Day, said Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network. One year into the coronavirus pandemic, employers- particularly tech companies like Microsoft, Twitter, Square, Spotify, Shopify and Amazon, extended work from home policies, some indefinitely. That helped perpetuate the idea that remote work had to be here to stay. Everybody was driven by the tech companies, Gimbel said; Then, all of a sudden, you get this vaccines for all '' in your lap. How do I know if you are being challenged by people? According to another poll of almost 500 employers, roughly 8 out of 10 said immunizations will pave the way to a new normal in terms of returning to work in the workplace. A common strategy for employers is to make vaccines an easy choice for employees by first helping convince them to get the vaccine and then making it easy for them to do so, said Jeff Levin-Scherz, Willis Towers Watson's population health leader.
Around a quarter of employers are going a step further by gaining vaccines to administer directly to their employees or facilitating access to vaccines through a third party- and another 55% are planning or considering doing this, Willis Towers Watson found.