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45% of U.S. Offices Don’t Have a Return to the Office Date Established

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 16th, 2020

Things are slowly beginning to open up again. Cities are re-opening restaurants and malls and people begin to venture out again. But, what about offices?

A SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) study released on Jun. 9, 2020 found that 52% of U.S. workplaces plan to reopen by Jul. 15, 2020, while 3% aren’t planning on returning until after Aug. 1, 2020. The remaining 45% have yet to set a return date.

This isn’t surprising, as each city and state are opening up on their own timeline. However, caution and hesitancy are still in the air, so the now familiar concept of working-from-home will most likely continue through the summer, at least to some extent.

Key Findings from the SHRM Survey

In the SHRM study, 1087 HR Professionals responded, representing organizations of all sizes from 2 – 25,000+ employees across the U.S. in a wide variety of industries. The following findings show the willingness of employers to follow recommended guidelines and ensure the safety of their workplace and employees.

For companies with a set return to work date, they’re planning on returning to the office in the following ways:


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