The latest survey has shown that most employers in the Big Apple are slowing down their plans to bring their employees back to their Manhattan offices due to the rising cases of the hyper-contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
The Partnership for New York City said their survey has shown that only 41 percent of office workers are set to be back at their desks by the end of September.
The data on the survey released on Wednesday has shown that the number is down by 21 percent from the 62 percent that employers were planning for as recently as the group’s last survey in May.
The Partnership explained that the data still constitute a near-doubling of the current 23 percent of desks and offices that are currently filled in Manhattan.
Kathy Wylde, who heads the Partnership said the result of the data has shown that employers are still too afraid to allow their workers back to their office due to COVID-19.
“Employers first concern is the health of their employees and they’re not going to push return to the office if it puts people in danger,” Wylde said.
“The new COVID strain and the breakthrough cases have shaken everyone’s confidence that we’re out of the woods,” Wylde added.
Sources said most employers expect the bulk of their workforces — 76 percent — to return to the office by January 2022.