The Philadelphia Business Journal recently published an article titled, “We are at war with the status quo’: Mayor Parker orders all city workers back to the office 5 days a week.” Mayor Cherelle Parker announced that all Philadelphia city workers must return to in-person work five days a week starting July 15. This decision affects over 25,000 employees and supports Parker’s earlier appeals for more regular office attendance citywide. She emphasized that workplace presence enhances personal interactions, communication, collaboration, and innovation.

Previously, a virtual work policy allowed up to three remote workdays per week, but 80% of the workforce was already fully on-site in 2023. To support employees, the administration introduced new measures including emergency care for children and the elderly, increased paid parental leave, and making the Friday after Thanksgiving a holiday.

Parker stated that the new policy does not require union approval, although union leaders have not officially supported it. She expressed her commitment to dialogue and emphasized the need to use city resources efficiently to improve Philadelphia.

To read the Philadelphia Business journal article, click here!

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