Illustration of employees working at desks spaced apart "Instead of finding ways to get employees in the office as soon as possible, HR departments and company executives must recognize that employee expectations have evolved significantly," says Staples. (Image: Shutterstock)

Despite the resurgence of COVID, many employers are pushing ahead with plans to bring employees back into the workplace this fall. Vaccine and mask mandates have become a hot topic, one for which there is no clear right or wrong answer. But that's only one consideration for return-to-office planning.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.