We explain how workers are responding.

The pandemic upended American offices like nothing in memory. But now many big companies are again starting to require employees to work in person. To understand how that’s going, I called my colleague Emma Goldberg, who covers workplace issues.

This subject is close to home for us: The Times expects employees to resume in-person work this month. Have you been in the office?

I’ve been going in about once a week. I love the energy of the newsroom, I love seeing people, and I miss my work friends. My beat feels like this intersection between the conversations I’m having with co-workers and the conversations I’m having with people in different states and industries. I get to follow the reporting threads that come from what my co-workers are experiencing. But I do get a lot done at home. And there are aspects of returning to the office that I’m apprehensive about, like having to commute instead of going on a morning run.

Some companies have tried to bring workers back, but Covid variants derailed those plans. Are those efforts ramping up again?

Many companies that planned to call people back into the office have done so, at least for a few days a week … Read the complete article

September 4, 2022, Ian Prasad Philbrick, The New York Times, writer for The Morning newsletter