If you have a job in the current economy, you’re already among the lucky ones, particularly if you’re able to work from home, safe from the worry of exposure to a possibly fatal virus.
That isn’t to say that you can’t whine a little, about the cabin fever, the colleagues you miss, your nostalgia for your old routines or that vegan mac and cheese spot by your office—it’s only human. According to a recent survey, about half of US workers toiling away in their living rooms may also share a sense of workplace limbo: Even as more states lift coronavirus stay-at-home orders, 45% of US companies have not yet said when employees will be invited back to their usual places of work.
The survey, by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), was sent to a random sample of more than 1,000 members of the association, including companies across all sectors and all of sizes.
Here’s a look at how organizations responded to the pressing question of “when.”
Given how much scientists are still learning about Covid-19, it isn’t surprising that so many companies are still in the TBD category, even as far fewer cases are being reported in worst-hit cities, like New York.
But, arguably, it isn’t only the mysteries of the virus that are spooking companies. In the US, the question of liability, should an employee become ill, is also undetermined.