September 24, 2020

It’ll Be a While Before PwC Offices Are Back to Full Capacity, Obviously

CODE-E can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces again.

From the Boston Globe on May 6:

Many [Greater Boston area] employers are also thinking about phased approaches, for their own workforces.

Take what’s happening at PwC’s Seaport office, where more than 3,000 people worked before COVID-19 arrived. John Farina, PwC’s Northeast managing partner, is planning the return-to-office scenarios for the accounting giant’s offices across the United States; none of them will reopen earlier than June 1. And when they do, the PwC US offices will initially be only at 15 percent of their previous capacity, similar to an approach the firm has taken in Shanghai.

Eventually, that number will grow, but Farina doubts PwC’s offices will be full again until a coronavirus vaccine is readily available. In the interim, PwC will employ social-distancing measures and regular deep-cleanings, mandate masks in the office and temperature scans at the door, and put a contact-tracing network to work to inform employees if they might have been exposed by a co-worker.

CNBC does a pretty good job explaining how PwC’s contact-tracing app will work in an article published yesterday.

Boston Chamber presses Baker administration for clarity on reopening the economy [Boston Globe]
Companies could require employees to install coronavirus-tracing apps like this one from PwC before coming back to work [CNBC]

Related article:

EY Announces a Three-Phase Plan For Staff to Return to the Office Once This Corona Thing Settles Down

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