NEW YORK – Governor Kathy Hochul wants employees to return to the office as part of her vision to “unlock the incredible potential of New York”.
“The offices are still too empty and too many workers are at home – it’s impacting our economy and ripples all over the city,” Hochul tweeted Thursday. “I put a stake in the ground: it’s time to go back to the office. “
The governor set three main priorities at an event hosted by the Association for a Better New York City: getting New Yorkers back to office, getting the economy back on track, and investing in new city infrastructure.
“Now is not the time to despair,” Hochul said. “We’re going to reinvent this city like only dreamers and doers can. “
Hochul’s predecessor, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said in July he wanted employees to return to duty before Labor Day.
“New York City won’t come back on its own. ” he said.
It’s been more than two months since the deadline suggested by Cuomo, but more than 50% of office workers still work remotely full-time, according to results released by the New York City Partnership.
According to these results, only 8% of workers work full time in an office. Among those polled, 48% of workers said the risks associated with COVID-19 are the main factors preventing them from working in an office full time. In addition, 33% of employees said they prefer remote work.
As part of her efforts to bring New Yorkers back to office, Hochul announced a new scholarship program for healthcare workers earning nursing degrees at CUNY and SUNY schools. Hochul said the 1,000 scholarships would help address potential labor shortages in the healthcare sector.
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