Corporate executives around the country are wrestling with how to reopen offices as the pandemic starts to loosen its grip. Businesses — and many employees — are eager to return to some kind of normal work life, going back to the office, grabbing lunch at their favorite restaurant or stopping for drinks after work. But the world has changed, and many managers and workers alike acknowledge that there are advantages to remote work.
More than 55 percent of people surveyed by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers late last year said they would prefer to work remotely at least three days a week after the pandemic recedes, Julie Creswell, Gillian Friedman and Peter Eavis report for The New York Times. But their bosses appear to have somewhat different preferences — 68 percent of employers said they believed employees needed to be in the office at least three days a week to maintain corporate culture.
Salesforce, the software company based in San Francisco, recently earned praise from some people when it said that most of its employees would be able to come into the office one to three days a week — an approach the company described as “flex” — once the pandemic is no longer a public health threat. The company would not say whether it now needed less office space.
But other companies ultimately want all or nearly all employees back for most of the week — and are telling workers that their careers could suffer if they don’t return.
Rapid7, a cybersecurity company based in Boston, will expect workers to come back to the office at least three days a week when it determines that it is safe to do so.
“We really believe that our in-person workplaces foster our culture and our core values,” said Christina Luconi, the company’s chief people officer.
Employees who choose not to return to the office could face professional repercussions, she said.
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