Concerns about Covid and subway safety make it difficult to return to NY offices

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Efforts by financial and non-financial companies to bring workers back to their Manhattan, New York offices have faced persistent difficulties, consultants said, amid workers’ concerns over Covid-19 and subway safety.

New York has lagged other major markets in the percentage of employees who regularly work in offices, in part due to high reliance on public transport and Covid concerns, said David Lewis, chief executive of human resources consulting firm OperationsInc, which works with several companies in the financial sector.

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Overall, New York City had an office occupancy rate of 38.8% for the week ended May 11, below the 43.4% occupancy rate for the United States, according to data from Kastle, which sells cards. access to offices.

The safety of the subway system was the biggest obstacle to returning to the office, with 94% of respondents saying that not enough is being done to address the problem, according to a survey by the Partnership for New York City.

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A series of recent attacks have included a mass shooting at a subway station in April and the death of Michelle Go, a 40-year-old woman killed in January after being pushed in front of a train.

On Sunday, Daniel Enriquez, who had worked for Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research since 2013, was killed while on a train bound for Manhattan in a seemingly random attack.

Approximately 80% of office workers in Manhattan relied on the subway to get to work before the Covid-19 pandemic began, said Kathryn Wylde, chief executive of the non-profit Partnership for New York City.

“The rise in subway crime over the last couple of years has clearly put people off about safety, and whether it’s an excuse or reality, people are less willing to go back to the office unless the subway crime situation is resolved. be resolved,” he said.

Growing public safety concerns may drive more companies to pay for taxis or private buses for employees, said Melissa Swift, Mercer’s US transformation leader.

“It used to not be the employer’s job to take you (employee) to the office, but one consequence of the Covid-19 period is that once work and life blend together, you can’t just separate them again,” he said. Is it over there.

“Employers are under tremendous pressure from employees to offer as much flexibility as possible when it comes to the workplace,” said Scott Crowe, of real estate investment firm CenterSquare Investment Management.

“If there are now security issues, it’s another headwind for employers to try to get people back to the office.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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