Taylor Johnson Quoted in SHRM COVID-19 Article
Keller and Heckman Associate Taylor Johnson was quoted in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article, “Making the Case for Return to Office.” The article discusses how, as a rising percentage of the population receives vaccines for COVID-19, many employers want employees to return to the workplace. Some employees, feeling isolated, want to return. But some don't, and employers will need to make the case for bringing them back.
For businesses, having employees return to the office could be beneficial. Employers believe productivity increases for some roles and it gives managers the ability to check and assess what workers are doing. For employees, working from home can be isolating, especially for those who live alone. Many miss the in-person interactions with their fellow employees.
However, returning to the office would still require employers to continue to follow public health guidelines, including social distancing, maintaining cleanliness, and other measures. And it could be difficult for working parents to return if their children are not yet back in the classroom.
"Sixty-four percent of salaried U.S. employees are working from home right now, and while things like remote work and flexible schedules have allowed many businesses to continue operating, coming back into the office won't be as easy as flipping a switch,” Taylor said. “Things you might not even think about will need to be addressed."
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