More than half of workplaces plan to reopen by July 15


Workplaces will soon be reopening with 53% planning to reopen by July 15, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. Another 45% have yet to set a return date.

Still, it won’t be businesses as usual.

“Workers should expect to see more masks, fewer handshakes, marked floors, more barriers and greater flexibility — especially when it comes to remote work,” said Johnny Taylor Jr., president and CEO of SHRM.

Other findings in the report included:

  • 68% of organizations probably or definitely will adopt broader or more flexible work-from-home policies for all workers.
  • 29% probably or definitely will allow workers to work from home full-time through the rest of 2020.
  • 86% of organizations are implementing or considering the required use of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Of those firms, 80% are providing and paying for PPE.
  • 73% of organizations are implementing or considering on-site medical/temperature screenings.
  • 59% say childcare accommodations will be handled on a case-by-case basis; only 7% are considering or providing on-site childcare services.

The survey included 1,087 HR professionals; it was conducted May 13 through May 20 2020.