Return to office has been slower than anticipated: When the coronavirus pandemic shuttered offices around the United States in March, many companies told their employees they would be back in their cubicles within a matter of weeks. Weeks turned into September. Then September turned into January. And now, a growing number of employers are delaying return-to-office dates once again, to the summer of 2021, NYTimes noted.
- Be Smart: Google was one of the first to announce that July 2021 was its return-to-office date. Uber, Slack, and Airbnb soon jumped on the bandwagon. In the past week, Microsoft, Target, Ford Motor, and The New York Times said they, too, had postponed the return of in-person work.
- Big Tech Is Moving In: Tech giants have not only moved forward with previous growth plans, but have also increased their pace of hiring and office acquisition during the pandemic. Collectively, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple have hired more than 2,600 employees in the city so far this year, bringing their total employment to over 22,000 people. Facebook alone has added 1,100 workers to bring its current work force up to 4,000. [NYTimes+NYTimes2]