Sixty-three percent of CEOs predict a full return to in-office work by the end of 2026, and only 7 percent believe that full-time remote work will continue in the long term, according to the KPMG 2023 CEO Outlook survey.
Many companies across the U.S. are trying to bring workers back into the office at least part of the time. Among the steps they are taking to convince workers to come back is focusing on productivity. Remote work during the pandemic wasn't a positive change, says Amanda Webster of Fund&Grow, a lending program with 55 employees.
"Being in the office allows us to be the most efficient," she says. "Our employees enjoy the camaraderie of being in the office, with the support of management and having the technology needed to be successful."
One big upside of in-person work is the ability to cultivate relationships. Relay Payments, a 150-employee company in Atlanta, makes days in the office special for workers, using them to focus on building bonds between employees.
"We cater lunch and host activities like our running club and taking walks together to ensure we're building relationships with one another," says Chief People Officer Amy Zimmerman.
From Society for Human Resource Management
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