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White Paper Details Who’s Returning to the Office

Although return-to-office mandates seem to be everywhere, few workplaces are demanding that people show up in person five days a week, says in a new white paper. “Post-pandemic work life appears to have settled into a new hybrid normal, with many workers coming into work between two and four times a week,” according to the white paper. 

Office buildings may be the first to feel the squeeze, but “the ripple effects of lower workplace attendance are impacting everything from neighborhood food trucks to stores, hotels and subway systems,” according to the white paper, titled Exploring the On-Site Workforce in 5 Major U.S. Cities. “To adapt effectively to these changing circumstances… policymakers and business owners need to understand current employee visitation patterns.” 

The white paper leverages location intelligence from January to March (Q1) 2023 to explore the preferences, behaviors and profiles of on-site workers in the workplace-heavy downtown areas of five major American cities: Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York and San Francisco. It studies who’s returning to the office, what their professional backgrounds are and when they come in, how far their commute is and how likely they are to grab a cocktail after work. 


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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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