The delta version of COVID-19 has prompted several companies in the United States’ economic capital New York to delay the return of their employees to offices after months of marking September as the time for normalcy to return.
September 7, the day after Labor Day, observed in the country on this Monday, was the date a large part of the business sector set as a target for the return of the majority of white-collar workers, but data they suggest that he will be far away from the target.
Of the more than a million office workers in Manhattan, New York’s nerve center, an estimated 23% were only replacing in August, according to a survey published in late August by The Partnership for New York City, a coalition that brings together Many large city-based businesses.
In the same survey, it is estimated that 41% of employees will be back by September 30, which is a far cry from the 62% projected for that date in May.
Rapid progress during the summer of the Delta version, which has once again increased the number of coronavirus cases in the United States, has prompted many companies to reconsider their plans, delaying returns until at least October Is.
Among them is the BlackRock investment fund, which has about 4,000 employees in New York, who will initially only need to attend their positions three days a week, as The Wall Street Journal reports today.
Others, such as tech giants Google and Amazon, which have significant presences in the Big Apple, have already said their employees will not return to the office until January.
Some large US banks, such as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, were required to operate face-to-face in June and July, but their example has not been extended to too many companies.
New York officials view the return of office workers to Manhattan as vital, on which the survival of many businesses depends, particularly the hospitality industry, and for this reason the mayor’s office returned its officers to office last May.
Municipal councils have to vaccinate their employees or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests, a system the private sector has encouraged to implement to avoid infection.