By Lisa Dukart – Associate Editor, Philadelphia Business Journal

Dec 11, 2023

The push and pull of where Americans work continues years after the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated that many workers go remote. As companies pull people back into the office for more and more of the workweek, some employees continue to balk.

To get a sense for what local companies foresee happening in Greater Philadelphia, we asked this year’s Most Admired CEOs what they predict for the future of the American workplace and what their companies are and will continue doing.

One thing was clear in their responses: Hybrid is here to stay. Many cited the benefits of a hybrid workplace for work-life balance, recruiting and retention. Many said that when they bring employees together on a large scale, it must be done with intention. “We must be much more deliberate and strategic in the way we pull people together,” said John W. Glomb Jr., CEO of Philadelphia Insurance Cos.

“PCOM will continue to offer hybrid and remote work options, but we are emphasizing being in person full time, especially for student- and patient-facing positions. We build a culture of professionalism for our student body, and students benefit from being in person in terms of classroom education and socialization, so we’ll continue to strive toward that. Nationally, the workforce will continue to be in a state of flux, and remote, hybrid or in-person options will vary by industry.” – Dr. Jay S. Feldstein, president and CEO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine