A survey of some of Manhattan’s 1 million office workers revealed most of them are skeptical that working virtually will replace in-person working and interacting.
The nonprofit Partnership for New York City surveyed several major employers and found that 10% of office workers had already returned by October, less than a year into the pandemic.
At least 45% of employees expected to be back in their offices by September 2021, several months after the federal government’s expected date for the country to achieve mass vaccination and a return to normalcy. However 56% predicted that they would be used to working part-time from home.
Many employers expected to mandate coronavirus vaccines for their workforce, with medical exemptions.
Nearly a quarter of employees plan to give their workers some benefits when they return, such as free testing, free lunch, and subsidized travel.
In good news for the MTA and beleaguered public transit systems, 81% of employees said they intended to take trains or buses for their daily commutes.