June 23, 2021

Milwaukee-area businesses eyeing Labor Day for mandatory return to the office

A new study by the Downtown Milwaukee Business Improvement District shows just about 20 percent of Milwaukee area’s office staff is back to in-person work, while the rest remain virtual at home. Business experts say that’s expected to change drastically starting next month.

Downtown Milwaukee has been incredibly quiet for the past 14 months, but a new survey of Milwaukee’s largest employers found that the number of in-person workers is expected to increase 200 percent by the end of the year.

Martice Scales has worked from home since March of 2020, and he says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I prefer virtually, and I have two young children and I do most of the childcare because my wife has to work in person,” he said.

Employees at a global staffing company called Aquent feel the same way. Erin Bloom says it’s led the company to do away with its office space at the City…

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