Only 8% of Manhattan office workers return to full-time, a study found.

According to data released this week, the best plan for returning to the office on a full-time basis is still baffling due to the Covid-19 case rate and staff reluctance to return to work. New York City Partnershipbusiness advocacy group.

Only 8% of Manhattan office workers return to the office five days a week, and 28% are still completely remote, according to a new survey from the group of more than 160 major employers in New York. On average, 38% of Manhattan office workers on weekdays are in the office, and employers expect that number to rise to 49% by September. of the group January According to the survey, many employers said they think daily attendance will be over 50% by April.

According to Partnership Chairman Kathryn Wylde, the most important finding of the new survey is that 78% of workplaces have adopted a hybrid model that allows for a mix of remote and face-to-face work. This is a leap from the pre-pandemic 6%.

“It is a complete reversal. This is very revolutionary,” said Ms. Wylde said. “Employers have come to this place, kicking and screaming. They are not excited. They think being in the office is the way people learn.”

Many companies know that their efforts to get their employees back to the office collide with summer fidgety. Thirty percent of companies surveyed say they offer additional flexibility over the coming months, such as the option to work completely remotely on a summer Friday or August. And there are those who want to make the office more attractive. Nearly two-thirds are providing incentives for their employees to return to the office, and 43% are offering free or discounted meals.

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