After experiencing the freedom of working from home during the Covid pandemic, many workers are pushing back on the return-to-work plans of their employers. While some companies are responding with hybrid work models that allow their employees to continue to work from home for part of the week, other companies are seeking a worker recruitment advantage by adopting even more flexible work models. Pinterest requires its employees to return to the office only one day a year. Yes, one day a year.
Job postings for remote work are increasing rapidly. 24% of professional job postings advertise remote working, a 6% jump in the 1st quarter of 2022.
What impact will worker resistance to returning to the office have on the vitality of the downtown business district in Seattle and other cities?