As the summer heats up, the question remains, will Americans eventually return to the office? And will the rush hour gas demand return?
According to Gallup, in April 2020 70% of Americans worked remotely. As of June of 2021, the number decreased to 56% of Americans working remote. According to a study by LaSalle Network, 70% of companies want employees back in the office in some capacity by this fall.
From the LaSalle survey, 77% of companies said they will be doing a hybrid model in the fall and possibly beyond. The hybrid model is a combination of working at home and in the office. Microsoft, Apple, and Google are all companies that have come out and said they will be using the hybrid model moving forward. Google’s Vice President, Brian Welle, said, “Early in the pandemic productivity from working at home was below where it was pre-pandemic, but said it quickly improved and they don’t have any type of drop off now.” When they surveyed their employees, some felt working at home was best, some felt the office was best, and some didn’t care either way. Based on employee feedback, Google feels a hybrid option the best.. A recent survey done by Morning Consult on behalf of Prudential polled 2,000 adults working full-time, 42% of current remote workers say if their employer doesn’t continue to offer remote work options long-term, they’ll look for a job at a company that does.
With a lot of company’s either fully returning to work or having a hybrid schedule this fall, what’s that mean for traffic patterns. Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute said, “that because so many companies are embracing a hybrid work structure, the in-office work week will largely shift to Tuesday through Thursday. She said that based off the data, she feels that a Tuesday through Thursday schedule could really make rush hour traffic worse then ever before and create a very frustrated workforce.
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