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DePaul/ULI Chicago Report: Employee Attendance Issue is Complicated 

A robust workforce return to the office will have enduring benefits to the office ecosystem, including restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, and long-term benefits to employees, especially those in the early stages of their careers who gain considerably from mentoring and “spill-over knowledge,” according to a Chicago 2022 Mid-Year Sentiment Report

Despite those benefits, the report by The Real Estate Center at DePaul University and The Urban Land Institute Chicago District Council found that a wide-scale return to the office is a complicated topic given COVID’s resilience and businesses trying to maintain their competitive edge. 

According to the DePaul-ULI report, requirements for employee attendance in a post-COVID work environment vary. Thirty-six percent of respondents cited flexibility in the requirement, 32.5% expected to be in the office half of the time and 21.9% said full-time attendance is expected.

However, enforcement is an issue and/or inconsistent. “Employees are expected to be in the office three days a week, but at this stage it really isn’t being enforced,” said one participant. 

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