Omicron plays havoc with return-to-office plans

Jaimie Ding, Russ Mitchell
Los Angeles Times

If you’ve been working from home for going on two years, and your spouse bought you some new pants because your company was planning to reopen its offices in January or February — well, you’ll probably have to stand up to show them off on Zoom.

Kevin Kelly, Emerald Packaging's chief executive officer, on the factory floor on March 24, 2020. Kelly is asking his administrative employees to put in shifts on the factory floor to replace workers who are out sick because of COVID-19. (Russ Mitchell/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The fast-spreading, highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus isn’t just making people sick — it’s gumming up the plans of many companies that had hoped to reopen their offices for hybrid or full-time in-person work early in 2022.

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