Our company keeps pushing out the date and now I have no idea. Could be never.
When you say "never" do you mean you'd be fully remote office or just no return in the foreseeable future? Some of my coworkers have started going back in, and they said it's so nice to go back to the office. I think we'd all like an option with at least 1 office day a week.
My company keeps pushing ours out, too. They had just re-done the entire office in order to compact us from five floors to three (eg shoving six people in a row that used to hold four), which will never work now. So my guess is that a bunch of us will be asked to WFH permanently.
Mine is after labor day at the earliest but my boss expects it to be sometime next year. I think there will be a major shift to people wfh most of the time/permanently.
DH's office has said not before 2021. Mine is open at 25% capacity. The first 30 days are optional. We're expected to go in one day a week after that. I had one co-worker go in last week and she said it was pointless because no one is in at the same time, so you are just there for the sake of being there. I'm in Chicago.
I don't think DH is ever going back. He loves WFH and has invested in nice home office equipment. There's no actual work reason for him to go to an office - he used to go for the sake of face time. Assuming his employer no longer cares about that, he won't go back.
I think in the short term employers will not care about facetime, but long term as soon as some people start coming in, it will matter.
Our office will not reopen at all until 2021 at the earliest, but we can WFH permanently or in some type of hybrid model at the discretion of managers if we wish. HR is also going to send out a list of all of the states we can move to if people want to move (can't move to a state where our company isn't set up to pay taxes apparently). I am really surprised at how all in my company is on WFH. Before March, they were very concerned about everyone being at their desk by 9am, etc. It is a complete shift.
Interesting. What industry are you in?
OP: meaning they are kind of tiptoeing around there’s no reason for back office staff to return ever.