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Stanford University professor claims that "returning to the office is dead": the proportion of home office workers this year is still the same as last year.

2024-04-25 Update From: SLTechnology News&Howtos shulou NAV: SLTechnology News&Howtos > IT Information >


Shulou( Report--, December 2 (Xinhua)-- Nick Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford University, this week analyzed data on home workers, returning to the office and office usage this year, and concluded that "returning to the office is dead," according to CNBC.

According to the report, in May 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 61.5% of employees chose to work from home ( Note: the statistical scope may be limited to the United States, the same below). By 2022, the proportion of employees who work from home has fallen by about half, as many companies require employees to return to the office. After 2023, however, things seem to have changed.

Nick Bloom said in an interview with CNBC that the number of home-based workers this year is exactly the same as in previous years, at about 28%. It is important to note that the proportion is still four times higher than the 7% before the pandemic.

Mr Bloom says office occupancy rates will be flat at about 50 per cent in 10 US cities and regions this year, according to data on the frequency of office punches measured by research firm Kastle. "We have been working remotely for three and a half years and are completely tied down. To break this situation, something as extreme as a pandemic is needed."

Referring to the long-term trend, Bloom said that in the long run, the proportion of employees who work from home is likely to continue to grow in 2025. Improvements in technology and a shift in the mindset of managers will make telecommuting easier, he added.

Tuyuan Pexels, however, the attitudes of major companies towards working from home are clearly mixed. According to previous reports from, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston told Fortune magazine that letting employees work from home is the way to work in the future. Asked if he had any advice for CEO, which believes in the RTO plan (returning to the office), Houston said: "I would say, 'your employees have a choice. They are not controllable resources.'"

Musk said in an interview in the first half of this year that the "laptop class" working in Silicon Valley needed to let go of their moral airs. He called technology workers "the laptop class living in a dream world" and told the media that it was hypocritical to expect service staff to continue to visit in person when working from home.

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