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We want to know: Are you heading back into the office anytime soon?

After more than a year of remote work, some are starting to wonder if we'll ever be back in the office.

Jared Berger, a new college grad, working at Veeva in the Seaport District. Jared has the option of working remotely but prefers going into the office. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

It’s been more than a year since the pandemic forced many workers into remote work, but a plan to return to the office isn’t as clear-cut as some businesses and workers would like. With 69% of the state’s population having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, one would think we’d be back at our desks soon, but many workers are still working from home. 

Earlier this year, we asked readers if they planned to return to the office and only 11% of readers said they were interested in going back. Back in March, when access to the vaccine was just becoming commonplace, 60% of the 1,946 people who responded to the poll said their employer hadn’t yet laid out plans to return. 


Since then, falling case numbers and increased vaccination rates had many companies tentatively reopening their offices for hybrid and voluntary in-person work, with the goal of a full reentry in the fall. In the last few weeks, however, uncertainty around a third wave has spooked many businesses into adjusting their plans.

There have been nationwide upticks in new coronavirus cases caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant and a rising number of breakthrough cases among vaccinated Americans. There have been 6,373 breakthrough COVID cases in Mass. as of July 24, according to the Department of Public Health. Also last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that everyone wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

In response to these trends, tech companies Google and Apple delayed their return dates from September to October, citing concerns about the Delta variant. Last Wednesday, Lyft announced it will push its September return date by six months until February 2022.

In Mass., some businesses are requiring their workers to be vaccinated before they return to work in the office. Newton-Needham Regional Chamber surveyed 450 of its member businesses and found that one in four will have a vaccine mandate in place. 

Given how quickly conversations change around the pandemic and return to work, we want to know from readers if their thinking about office reentry has changed as well. Were you excited about getting back into the office, but are now feeling skeptical? Or have additional months of remote work made you desperate to get out of your house for work? 


We want to hear from you about returning to the office. Let us know your office reentry plans by filling out the survey below or e-mailing us [email protected] and your response could be featured in a future article. 


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