Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe reports on Massachusetts offices reopening to employees. Many office buildings across Massachusetts were officially allowed to reopen their doors Tuesday, but few workers hurried back to their cubicles, and most employers didn’t ask them to.
The easing of restrictions on office work ― part of Governor Charlie Baker’s phased-in restart of the economy ― was a muted affair, with most major white-collar employers across Boston’s suburbs electing to keep their employees working from home as they have for more than two months. From Waltham to Marlborough, Canton to Cambridge, office building parking lots sat empty, traffic was light, and video chat remained the meeting venue of choice.
Some businesses ― tech firms, in particular ― have continued to hire during the pandemic and related shutdowns, and some of those new employees were reporting to work for the first time this week.
Denis Lussault is a new vice president at Vecna Robotics in Waltham, where 16 of the 70-person headquarters staff showed up on Tuesday. They arrived to find desks that were spread out — something the company accomplished by expanding to fill all of its 80,000-square-foot office, instead of the 60 percent it was using previously. The safety precautions were comforting, said Lussault, who didn’t feel he was taking a risk by going to work. “I think the company was well-prepared,” he said. “And I needed to get out from my house.”
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