More employees slowly returning to office two years after going remote

More employees slowly returning to office two years after going remote
Welcome note with hand sanitizer and mask on work keyboard. Photo credit Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A growing number of remote workers are returning to the office.

A survey from the job placement firm Robert Half Company said a little over 50% of remote workers are back in the office in some capacity.

As illnesses tied to the omicron variant of COVID-19 crest and begin to wane across the country, experts predict that number to go higher.

Robert Half's Michelle Reisdorf told the WBBM Noon Business Hour that employees who responded to their survey said they enjoyed the flexibility that came with remote working, but felt disconnected from their workplace.

"Employees, and even employers, are missing that personal connection. We're hearing a lot about Zoom fatigue and teams meeting fatigue," Reisdorf said.

As people returned to the office, Reisdorf found that more workers supported rules about COVID-19 vaccines and masks.

"We did a survey about a year ago where 50% felt that you should be vaxxed and masked. Today, because of omicron that number is up to 70%," Reisdorf said.

She said that it's important for managers to communicate office safety policy, and to listen to workers safety concerns.