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View Poll Results: When do you expect to go back to working in your employer's office space?
I'm still working on-site, we never moved to WFH 2 1.98%
I expect to return in early May 1 0.99%
Sometime in May, but not immediately 5 4.95%
I expect to return with my group in June 17 16.83%
Looking like July 17 16.83%
Not until August, at the earliest 16 15.84%
I dunno, it doesn't seem soon, but it's hard to predict 10 9.90%
I expect to continue working from home, even after my company opens the offices 10 9.90%
I have lost/quit or expect to lose/quit my job and not return 1 0.99%
I was full time WFH, or unemployed/retired prior to the shut down 18 17.82%
I have a 42 month commute 4 3.96%
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:53 AM
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This thread is inspired by a short derail of the positive covid thoughts thread, in which people speculated about being forced back into the office before they felt safe. So... here is a thread to talk about that, and related covid workplace matters.

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I said June, but I'm hoping for late May. My province has just hit 7 straight days of zero new cases. However, neighboring provinces still have growing numbers of new cases and I work for the Federal Government and they seem to be trying a national approach to a lot of this. It'll take awhile for them to realise that the scenario here is different from the one in Ontario and what the protocols should be. For example, if an employee here is required to travel to Ottawa for a work reason, when can that employee return to work here/how is it treated when the employee faces a mandatory 14-day quarantine on their return. The basic answer is the employee can work from home for the quarantine period and return afterwards. However, there's also the labour relations side where the employee is losing their freedom for 2-weeks afterwards and is incurring expenses from having to stay at home (e.g. ordering grocery delivery, etc) because of that work trip.
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No clue. The governor has not given any sort of estimate really. Maybe 2021...
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Our initial target return was early May. I really don't see that happening. In the meantime, it's WFH.
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Our initial return date was March 30th. Then May 29th. Then yesterday they announced that there is no fixed return to the office date. Some people may never return to the office. (because they fully transitioned to WFH)
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i doubt we will ever be fully staffed in the office for at least a year, if ever. i could see it never happening really. might feel safe to go to the office more often to print stuff and bring it home or for a few more things, but full time? i'm going with, maybe never.
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I think a lot of companies in the NYC area who can will be cutting their office space in at least half and go to hotelling.
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I think a lot of companies in the NYC area who can will be cutting their office space in at least half and go to hotelling.
Dunno, you get a lot less savings due to covid. To do that safely, you need to hire people to thoroughly clean all the desktops, chairs, docking stations, etc. every time the user changes. I think it may be more cost-effective (and more popular with staff) to increase the number of employees who regularly work from home and put the others in fixed locations.
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