Return to work efforts and timing will depend on a variety of factors, including the percentage of employees vaccinated, community rates of COVID19, local and federal public health policies, and other variables. (Credit: Andrey Popov/

With COVID-19 cases decreasing across much of the U.S. and the number of fully vaccinated people continuing to rise, many businesses with employees who have been working remotely for the past year are beginning to plan for reopening their offices. It’s unlikely to be business as usual, however, as employers must navigate evolving public health policies while balancing employees’ with the priorities of the business.

I’ve written on this topic many times over the past year and continue to counsel the 130+ employers Grand Rounds Health works with on the best approaches based on the current science. Each month, we continue to learn more about the virus, how it spreads, how effective the vaccines are (and aren’t against variants), etc. It’s a constantly shifting landscape that requires constant monitoring and a willingness to be nimble and flexible.

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