https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-return ... _permalink
.Workers are returning to U.S. offices at the highest rate since the pandemic forced most workplaces to temporarily close in 2020, as infection rates continue to fall and more companies intensify efforts to bring employees back.
Office use on average was 47.5% of early 2020 levels for workers in the office over the five business days from Sept. 8 to Sept. 14 in the 10 major metro areas monitored by Kastle Systems. The company, which tracks security swipes into buildings, said that was the highest percentage since late-March 2020.
Midweek days were especially strong, with office use for Tuesday and Wednesday last week at about 55% of the prepandemic workforce, also a high during the pandemic for those days, Kastle said. The data through last Wednesday were the most recent weekly figures available.
The article goes on to note that New York is lagging behind this national average. Elsewhere, I have learned that RTO is stronger in areas, such as the Southwest, where public transportation use is less a factor. Further, I note Mr. Wolf, probably the strongest voice around here for "wanting to get back", is now being forced into WFH.
Much as they publicly preach about the need to "bring them in" - no doubt in great part to appease their often politically connected landlords - tenant companies are learning of the economies resulting from WFH, and with the computer "playing Big Brother", the employees had best be as productive as they were in the office.