Getting America
Back to Work

Americans have been living through a period of intense uncertainty since March 2020 — struggling with an unprecedented pandemic and the economic distress it has caused.

 

To provide some clarity on the issues facing American businesses, Kastle is tracking access activity data from KastlePresence app, keycard, and fob usage in the 2,600 buildings and 41,000 businesses we secure across 47 states. We’re analyzing the anonymized data to identify trends in how Americans are returning to the office.

Hybrid work patterns reveal occupancy varies throughout the week with Tuesdays typically being the highest day of the week and Fridays being the lowest. The chart below tracks Tuesday occupancy over time in ten cities and provides a new dimension to the weekly Barometer report. The Peak Day Hybrid Index will now be published weekly, offering a wider aperture into the full picture of workplace occupancy.

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Get Weekly UpdatesYou can now track the Return to Work Barometer on the Bloomberg Terminal, available under {ALLX KASL<GO>}

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Office Occupancy Bounces Back After Memorial Day Holiday

Peak office occupancy rose more than seven points to 61.3% occupancy on Tuesday, as many workers returned to the office after the Memorial Day holiday. New York and Chicago experienced peak record highs since the start of the pandemic, rising to 66.7% and 72% occupancy on Tuesday, respectively.

New York also had one of the lowest weekday occupancies on Friday, dropping to 26.7% — a full 40 points below its high on Tuesday. And Chicago fell more than 40 points from its Tuesday high to 30.8% occupancy on Friday. The weekly average low was Friday at 33.5% occupancy.

Average office occupancy also rebounded from the holiday. Occupancy rose more than three points to 51.6%, according to Kastle’s 10-city Back to Work Barometer. All cities tracked saw an increase in occupancy of a full point or more following the holiday. Occupancy in Dallas and New York surged — rising 8.3 points to 57.1% and 4.3 points to 53.4%, respectively.

 

Methodology

To provide some clarity on the issues facing American businesses, Kastle has been studying keycard, fob and KastlePresence app access data from the 2,600 buildings and 41,000 businesses we secure across 47 states. We’re analyzing the anonymized data to identify trends in how Americans are returning to the office.

We’re ready to continue helping companies navigate the ever-changing workplace landscape and adjust to the ‘new normal’ of office occupancy. Whether full-time hybrid or in-person, our commitment remains to helping American workers return safely to their office buildings. We have a comprehensive system in place that integrates technology and new safety protocols — both for the building and tenant spaces. We’re keeping a close eye on this data as part of our KastleSafeSpaces framework, which we designed to help office buildings throughout workplace transitions.

Kastle’s reach of buildings, businesses and cardholders secured generates millions of access events daily as users enter office complexes, and individual company workspaces. The Barometer weekly report summarizes access control data among our business partners in ten major metro areas, not a national statistical sample. Charted percentages reflect unique authorized user entries in each market relative to a pre-COVID baseline, averaged weekly.*

*On March 22, 2021, Kastle moved from daily to weekly data reporting to provide a more robust and comprehensive picture of office occupancy. We have also recalculated data back to the start of the time series for consistency. This has only a marginal impact on most cities and the national average.

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