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Bayou Business Download: How are Houston Companies Returning to the Office?

Published Jun 17, 2021 by A.J. Mistretta


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In this episode we’re going to talk about a recent survey the Partnership conducted that sheds light on how Houston area companies are approaching workplace issues. As the pandemic wanes, how quickly are businesses returning workers to the office? Is remote work here to stay? And what steps are companies taking to encourage employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19? We’ll also talk about surging oil prices and why it’s not as positive a sign for our economy as it’s been in the past. 

Topics covered include: 

  • How companies are returning workers to the office
  • A look at hybrid work models and remote work
  • Employer incentives for vaccinations  
  • What rising oil prices mean for the local economy
  • The changing dynamics of the multifamily market 

Get more details on these topics in this month's issue of Economy at a Glance. 

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