The COVID pandemic prompted a hasty retreat to a fully remote work environment for many companies in spring 2020. They began talking about a return to work in summer 2020, even before a vaccine was available. That timetable has been slipping ever since: from Labor Day 2020, to the beginning of 2021, to midsummer 2021 and now Labor Day 2021. But it seems like at least one more delay lies ahead, thanks to the Delta variant.
Many companies are pushing their much-delayed return to the office date back again by a month or more. According to George Penn, a vice president in Gartner’s HR practice, these decisions could be an intelligent approach if they’re based on government policy and guidance, local transmission data, and, most importantly, employee feedback. He says organizations that change their pandemic-era work policies will have to weigh whether any short-term disruptions outweigh what he considers “long-term destruction,” which can erode employee trust and potentially company culture. Read More