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Over 60% of workers returning to Manhattan, but safety a concern

More than 60 % of workers are anticipated to return to Manhattan workplaces in September as town recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic — but many have expressed concern about transit safety, a survey of CEOs discovered.

About 12 % of Manhattan workers had already returned to the workplace in May — and that quantity is anticipated to hit 29 % by the top of July, the Partnership for New York City’s ballot of 180 high firms discovered.

By September, 62 % of workers will probably be again of their Manhattan workplaces, the CEOs mentioned within the report, launched Monday.

The ballot exhibits that employers are rather more optimistic about returning to regular as rising vaccination charges have dramatically curbed COVID-19 infections.

In March, CEOs anticipated solely 45 % of workers to return to workplaces by the top of September following stay-at-home orders to stop the unfold of COVID.

But there’s one other darkish cloud hovering over town, as transit crime has emerged as a main concern for the workforce.

A big 84 % of company executives report “that employee perceptions of mass transit are still an obstacle to returning to the office due largely to concerns about personal safety (cleanliness of the system is less of a concern than in earlier surveys),” the survey mentioned.

Many workers have expressed concern about transit safety.
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The worries over public safety come amid a spate of gun-related murders in addition to subway crime.

Employers in most industries elevated their expectations of office occupancy.

Financial companies employers anticipate 61% of workers to be again within the office by the top of September, up from the earlier estimate of 50%.

But tech firms anticipate solely 40 % of workers to return by the top of September, down from the 51% within the Partnership’s March survey.

The actual property business has been probably the most aggressive in bringing workers again to the office — 70% of actual property workers have returned to their workplaces, by far the best rate of any business.

Real property corporations anticipate almost all of their workers to return to workplaces by the top of September.

The metropolis’s largest employers have introduced again workers to the office at a slower rate.

Sixty-two % of workers will probably be again of their NYC workplaces by September.
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Only 8 % of workers have returned to the office at firms with over 5,000 workers, in contrast to almost 25 % for corporations with fewer than 500 workers.

The overwhelming majority of employers — 71 % — plan to undertake a rotating or “hybrid” office schedule. Most workers might be required to be within the office three days per week.

The survey requested about COVID safety insurance policies. Only 27 of 180 firms mentioned they may require that each one workers be vaccinated for COVID-19. Others mentioned they may actively encourage workers to get vaccinated.

But almost half of employers mentioned they may prohibit unvaccinated workers from attending in-person or consumer conferences and a third would require the unvaccinated to put on masks or observe social distancing.

Many companies have lifted workforce journey restrictions. More than 60 % have resumed business journey, the survey discovered.

Many employers plan to undertake a rotating or “hybrid” office schedule.
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The Partnership requested employers to rank components that they consider are the best impediments to workers’ return to the office:

About 4 in 10 mentioned COVID-19 was the most important issue and one other 34 % cited vaccination charges as most urgent.

Public transit safety and workers’ need to proceed working from house have been each ranked main issues by 16% of employers.

“Employers specifically noted employee concerns around the safety in and around public transit hubs like Grand Central and Penn Station,” the Partnership mentioned.

Overall crime and public safety ranked fifth, with 9 % citing it as a main concern.