Nearly 50% of New York City’s office workers now go into the office on a typical weekday, according to findings from a recent survey.
The Partnership for New York City said Thursday that the survey found that 49% of office workers in Manhattan work in person on weekdays as of mid-September, about two and a half years into the COVID-19 pandemic.
This proportion increased by 1[ads1]1% from April when 38% reported to the workplace.
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Only 9% of office workers in Manhattan go into the office five days a week, according to the survey. The highest percentage, 37%, is personal three days a week. Around 16% of employees were working remotely full-time in mid-September, compared to 28% in April, the survey found.
The industries with the highest average daily attendance were property, law and financial services. Real estate firms had 82% average daily attendance, with law firms and financial firms having 61% and 56%, respectively, according to the survey.
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While 90% of employers surveyed encourage returning to the office, only 10% require daily in-person attendance from their employees, the survey found. Hybrid work is offered or will be offered by 77% of employers.
In January, 54% of Manhattan office workers are expected to work in person on a typical weekday, according to the survey.
The Partnership for New York City conducted the survey from August 29 to September 12 with over 160 large office employers in Manhattan. A majority of respondents were from the financial services, property, law, media and technology sectors.
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Many major Wall Street firms, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, have recently taken steps to reduce telecommuting. Businesses in New York City and elsewhere had to send their employees home during the beginning of the pandemic.