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RTO trends: Are we really all heading back to offices full-time?

Citigroup, HSBC and Barclays are the latest banking titans mandating that more employees come into the office five days a week, raising the question of whether a full-time, return-to-office policy is trending.

However, before jumping to this conclusion, Rob Sadow, co-founder and CEO of hybrid work productivity tool company Scoop Technologies, suggests reviewing his company’s latest Flex Index research, which shows that full-time, return-to-office mandates have declined across industries by 10 to nearly 30 percentage points over the past year.

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Five-day return-to-office policies—and even three-day in-office requirements—have pitted employees against employers, leaving HR leaders to contend with worker uprisings, higher attrition rates and more significant difficulties in recruiting.

See also: Many RTO policies are failing, research shows. Here’s how to fix them

However, Sadow notes that the Flex Index numbers alone do not fully represent the full-time-in-office trend.

Sadow, who recently sat down with Human Resource Executive for a video interview, weighs in on the recent moves by Citi, HSBC and Barclays, plus where full-time in-office policies are heading and why.

Dawn Kawamoto, Human Resource Executive
Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto is HR Editor of Human Resource Executive. She is an award-winning journalist who has covered technology business news for such publications as CNET and has covered the HR and careers industry for such organizations as Dice and Built In prior to joining HRE. She can be reached at [email protected] and below on social media.