Publishers push plans to reopen offices until summer, but employees expect delays until 2022

Digiday 28 Jan 2021 05:01
January 28, 2021 by Sara Guaglione

Publishers are now expecting to fully open their office doors to employees in the summer. But their staffers aren’t expecting it to happen until next year.

The New York Times, Reuters and other media companies previously targeted this month to bring back employees not already in roles that kept them going to the workplace, like print production, but have had to push back their estimates amid the ongoing pandemic.

  • The Times now says July 6 is the “earliest date” it would require staff to return to any of its offices worldwide.
  • Thomson Reuters extended its voluntary work from home policy to July as well.
  • Last November, The Washington Post said it is now “unlikely” employees would return to its offices before June.
  • Vox Media told its staff that no one would be required to return before September.

Most of the publishers interviewed for this story said they are continuing to consider their work from home policies amid the coronavirus crisis as they hold on to their New York headquarters.

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