The Future of Remote Work is Uncertain as Many Workers Return To Their Offices

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Monday was the day that thousands of workers in the country returned to work for the first time since the COVID-19 epidemic.

Inside Edition’s Ann Mercogliano took a commuter train from suburban New Jersey to New York, and the jolt back to what was once normal felt odd to some.

It was almost like a time capsule in many offices. The newspapers carried headlines about the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries and were available for calendars that are still open up to March 2020.

According to Microsoft, nearly half of leaders feel their companies need workers back in the workplace full-time within the next 12 months, according to a survey. The survey surveyed 31,102 workers from all over the globe. CNBC reported.

CNBC spoke to experts who said that in an employment market strong, companies could see ramifications and not be able to clearly explain when employees should be present in the office. 

The new Survey by Pew Research Center found that 60% of workers with jobs that can be done from home say they’d like to work from home most or all of the time when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, if given the choice.

According to Slack research, 44% of executives who work remotely stated that they prefer to work at the office, while only 17% of employees agreed, CNBC reported. 

Many are concerned about returning to the office with COVID-19 still raging, notes CEO Magazine. Individual team members may have different anxiety levels and fears about returning to work.

CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana ShenIt is important to consider several factors, including their own risk, the COVID-19 level in their area, and what safety precautions their workplaces take.

“Someone who is healthy, vaccinated and boosted, and in a low-transmission area can probably take part in all work activities with very low risk of severe illness. On the other hand, another person who is medically vulnerable and in an area with higher Covid-19 levels may want to take additional precautions,”Wen said.