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The Return to the Office Has Stalled

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Hybrid work has become the norm for many employers.

Credit: The Enterprisers Project

When average city office-occupancy rates at the start of the year surpassed 50% for the first time since the pandemic, many viewed the milestone as a sign that employees were resuming their former work habits.

But those office-usage rates have barely budged as most companies have settled into a hybrid work strategy that shows little sign of fading.

About 58% of companies allow employees to work a portion of their week from home, according to Scoop Technologies. The number of companies that require employees to be in the office full time has actually declined to 42%, from 49% three months ago, Scoop said.

"Employees are saying we are going to push really, really hard against being required to be in the office five days a week," said Robert Sadow, Scoop's chief executive and co-founder. "Most companies in the current labor market have been reluctant to push [back] that hard."

From The Wall Street Journal
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