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Survey: 62% of Manhattan Office Employees Expected Back by September

Employer expectations of how quickly office workers will return to Manhattan have jumped 37% since vaccination rates have risen, the Partnership for New York City (PFNYC) reported Monday. 

Current projections are that 62% of workers will be back in September, most for three days a week. That compares to a 45% projection for post-Labor Day office occupancy when the PFNYC surveyed employers in March.

The PFNYC survey also found: 

  • 12% of Manhattan office employees have returned to the workplace as of late May, up slightly from 10% in early March.
  • Employers expect 29% of employees to return by the end of July.
  • Employer confidence in the pace of return has also increased. In March, 14% couldn’t provide estimates; now only 3% don’t know when most employees will return.
  • 84% of employers say employee perceptions of mass transit are still an obstacle, due largely to concerns about personal safety.

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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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