DALLAS LEADS U.S. IN WORKERS' RETURN TO THE OFFICE POST COVID-19

DALLAS LEADS U.S. IN WORKERS' RETURN TO THE OFFICE POST COVID-19

The Dallas area is one of the spots where the most workers are headed back to the office. More than a third of Dallas-area workers have gone back to the office, a new study finds.

Are you back to the office yet?

With millions of Americans still working at home because of the pandemic, major employers and building owners are keeping an eye on the rate of workers returning to the office.

The Dallas area leads the country in the share of employees who are back to their workplaces following COVID-19 shutdowns, according to a new report by Kastle Systems.

Looking at the 10 largest U.S. metro areas, workplace occupancy is back to an average of only about 23% re-openings. But in the Dallas area, more than a third of offices are back in business since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At 36%, it leads the list of cities and is more than three times as open as New York, the lowest city on the barometer,” Kastle Systems representative Danielle Leopold said. “San Jose, Calif. (at 16.6%), and Austin (now at 29.9%) saw the largest increases in occupancy of all the cities on the barometer, each rising about 1.4 percentage points.”

 

At 36%, DFW leads the list of cities and is more than three times as open as New York, the lowest city on the barometer.

 

With only an 11.8% return-to-work rate, New York had the lowest number of office employees back in their workplaces as of Aug. 26.

Just under 23% of Houston office workers were back at their desks, according to Kastle Systems. Dallas-area office occupancies by workers dropped to less than 12% in April at the start of the pandemic. While employees are slowly getting back to the office, a big block of workers is happy to stay at home. Another study found that 63% of workers are more likely to want remote work permanently, according to Zippia.com. And 1 in 5 employees say they are working more hours at home than they did at the office.

 


 

Steve Brown

Written by Steve Brown

Dallas Morning News contributor Steve Brown covers commercial and residential real estate in Dallas-Fort Worth.