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Is Hybrid The New Normal? Workers Are Back In Person But Only A Few Days A Week

Roger Vincent
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Roger Vincent reports, “People are going back to the office. Not in the same everyday slog they did before the pandemic, but many are back at least a few days a week.”

Los Angeles

In-office presence varies by industry in Los Angeles County, with tech and entertainment-related businesses in the forefront, but the easing of pandemic safety restrictions in early March has clearly led to an increase in work getting done at the office instead of at home, landlords said.

“Since the mask mandate was lifted, we have seen almost a doubling of daily office populations,” said John Barganski of Brookfield Properties, the largest office landlord in downtown Los Angeles. “That seemed to be the impetus for people to say, ‘Let’s go.'”

Levels of office populations vary among types of businesses, categories of buildings and even the size of companies, with large employers more likely to be back at the office than small ones. But there is one constant: Most people still aren’t going to the office daily because their companies are concocting schedules that allow them to work remotely some of the time.

“Everybody has some version of a hybrid model where it isn’t necessarily five days a week” at the office, Barganski said. “But there are people in our buildings every day, at a much greater magnitude than we’ve experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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