Omicron delays, but doesn’t end plans to return to office, Bay Area companies survey seeks – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – The omicron variation changed many companies’ schedules for when they would find their “new normal”, but didn’t really change their vision of what it would look like. any, according to a recent survey from the Gulf Council.

The council’s Kelly Obranowicz told KPIX 5. “We’ve seen about a month or two of omicron regression.

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Obranowicz said the Bay Area Council has been conducting a survey of companies’ return to office plans as of April 2021.

“We send it out to employers from all nine counties in the Bay Area. It’s employers of all sizes, across all industries, and on average we have 200 employers responding to surveys each month,” explains Obranowicz. “This survey came out in early January, right after people saw an increase and what it means for people’s reopening plans.”

While the omicron variant didn’t really change the “new normal” for many employers – a hybrid model of 2 days of teleworking and 3 days of in-person work, it did delay many plans. employers’ plans to get there.

“In January, employers indicated that about 37% of their workforce was completely remote, and this was about 10% higher than the levels we saw in both November and December.” Obranowicz said.

In previous surveys conducted before the omicron rise, many employers who responded felt they would be in the “new normal” by March or April 2022. While about 25% of employers felt seeing they are now in the new normal, Obranowicz says about 70% feel their “new normal” is still a few months away.

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“Looking at January, we’re not going to get to that 70 percent, I would say, by June at the earliest,” she said.

However, according to survey data, the majority of employers do not plan to stay completely remotely. Staff will return, just at a different frequency than before the pandemic.

“It may not be exactly the same as it was before the pandemic, but there will still be people coming in – hopefully with some degree of consistency,” Obranowicz said. “Again, that might not be until June 2022, but once we hit that new standard, it’s not going to be completely dead, a ghost town, or like no one is coming into the workplace. job.”

Jesse, who now works at a Bay Area tech company, said his employer is currently opening an office but has no requirement for people to be in at the moment.

“I personally love it,” he tells KPIX 5.

He says he usually comes 3 days a week and really enjoys the flexibility of a face-to-face and teleworking week.

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“Being able to have that freedom and flexibility has worked really well for me,” he said.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2022/02/04/return-to-office-omicron-surge-delays-bay-area-council-survey/ Omicron delays, but doesn’t end plans to return to office, Bay Area companies survey seeks – CBS San Francisco

Dustin Huang

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