Abrupt shelter-in-place mandates in March aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 sent millions of office workers home to work remotely. Now, more than three months later, many plan to eventually be back in the office — but more than a few are still uncertain of when (or if) their offices will reopen.
A Callan survey of investment managers, published in late June, found 57% of those polled planned to be back in the office in the months before October, with one-quarter expecting a return in September and 17% expecting a July return. But 41% were noncommittal and didn't have a set return date.
Some saw a few positions permanently working remotely, with 79% seeing up to a quarter of their workforce staying home full time. At the time of the survey, 87% of managers surveyed said at least 90% of their employees were working remotely.
Since the survey's publication, however, there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases as the summer weather coaxed more people outdoors. Should a second wave of cases arise in the fall, the number of firms opting to have their employees work remotely will likely increase.