About Half of Manhattan Employers Delay Return-to-Work Due to Delta, Survey Says

Employers expect 41% of their employees will be back to the office by the end of this month -- 20 percentage points below a previous survey

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Nearly half of Manhattan office employers have delayed their employees' return-to-work schedules because of the delta variant of COVID-19, and less than half of their employees will be back to work this month, according to a widely watched survey.

The Partnership for New York City surveyed employers between Aug. 9 and Aug. 20 on their plans for Manhattan's roughly 1 million office workers. Some 44 percent of employers said they had delayed return plans due to the highly contagious variant, though the length of the delay varied widely.

Source: Partnership for New York City

About 41% of those office workers are now expected to return by the end of September -- a drop of more than 20 points from a prior survey by the nonprofit group.

By the end of January, employers expect 76% of their Manhattan office workers will actually be back to the office. The vast majority of those will be on a hybrid schedule with some remote days; only 26% of employers told the Partnership their employees would have to come back full-time.

Nearly three in five said they would require employee vaccinations; about half said they would require universal masking in the office.

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