Focusing on Women Is Crucial to the Return-to-Office Movement 

What will happen to the office? It’s the biggest question on the minds of anyone connected to the real estate industry, and after more than three years, there’s still no answer. Maybe because it’s the kind of question that requires a complicated answer. After all, it’s not a yes or no query, and it can be interpreted in a number of ways. But we are at least getting closer to a concrete reason as to why workers are not returning to offices as quickly and as frequently as many companies and office building owners hoped they would. 

One of the most recent insights into the fate of the office has been data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on how often men and women work remotely and in person at the office. Based on the agency’s annual survey from 2022, 28 percent of men are working remotely for some or all of the work week, while 41 percent of women reported working remotely for some or all of the work days at home. 

This notable difference in remote work between men and women represents a new wrinkle in the return-to-office discussion. Some of the most popular reasons that have been floated for why workers don’t want to go back to the office full-time have been widely reported—wanting to avoid long commutes, desire for flexibility in schedules for better work/life balance, and seeking to live in a lower-cost area. And there’s plenty of data to back these theories up.

Read more at Propmodo.

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