Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 20th, 2020
Approximately three days ago, on or about Monday, August 17th, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine sent a message to all 50,000 state employees advising those who are on work-from-home status right now should expect to remain in that status until Monday, January 4th, 2021.
DeWine alluded, “Covid-19 cases are on the rise and spreading in both urban and rural communities. He added “the months ahead are extremely uncertain and precarious.”
The downtown area and other large-block employers such as Nationwide, Chase Bank, Huntington Bank and American Electric Power Co. Inc. separately each delay have left open their plans to return to full in-office work.
According to DeWine, the decision was made extremely easier because state’s employees have shown an ability to work remotely very well.
DeWine continued to say in his message, “Delaying an anticipated office return date until no sooner than January will give us more time to prepare for those who will eventually return to an office setting, and better insight into the anticipated trajectory of the virus in the fall and winter months.”
He added, “my team will continue its work behind the scenes to plan for your safe return.”
Subsequently, not all of the state’s 50,000 employees are working from home at the moment.
However, while the news is not to be unexpected given DeWine’s tone on the virus. Nonetheless, the news is likely to continue obstructing restaurants and shops around Capitol Square, because this is where thousands of state employees typically work.
Referencing a survey on businesses by the Columbus, Ohio based commercial real estate services JLL found only 64% of offices are currently open across the Midwest, with 86% planning to open before the end of the year. But that doesn’t mean everyone’s coming back. Just 27% of businesses have half or more of their people in the office now, and only 60% expect to bring back more than 50% of their team by the end of 2020.
Reportedly, JLL found, 40% “don’t intend to have the majority of their employees back until 2021 or a vaccine is widely available.”
It is believed that the 40% of those companies have benefitted enormously from their employees working from their homes. When it is thoroughly thought out, there are hidden costs that are being extended to their employees.