Companies Across America Tighten Down On Workers

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Companies are actively trying to bring people back into the office following the 2020 temporary closure of offices caused by the high infection rates of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On average between Sep 8. And Sep 14, 47.5% of workers were in the office for five business days according to estimates made by Kastle Systems which used to monitor 10 major metro areas through security swipe cards to enter buildings. These levels are similar to the ones in late March 2020.

During midweek days the rates of employees who went into their office would be about 55% of the pre-pandemic workforce. Kastle regularly compiles these sets of data and publishes them weekly.

According to other indicators following Labor Day weekend many people went back to the office. Ridership on the Long Island Rail Road was also higher than 200,000 for the first time since March 2020. Similarly, according to the Metro-North railroad, in the New York region, there were 174,900 riders. These estimates are close to the pre-pandemic highs.
In Texas, attendance was also shown to increase by 10 percent after Labor Day bringing it up to 63% after more than 5 months of it being stuck at around 50% according to Central Houston Inc.

Most returns to the office are part of hybrid workplace strategies which allow employees to commute and spend their time between their office and home as needed. Moves are being made by some places to move towards a program in which a 3-day attendance is necessary per week. This could be an increase of one day per week.

Still, even with the post-Labor Day increase for business districts to return to their old vibrancy, there would need to be further increases in the number of employees working from an office.