Governor Orders 2,300 State Workers to Return to the Office by March 6

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro announced that his administration’s senior management, governor’s office staff, and cabinet members must work from the office at least three days per week, beginning March 6.

The governor’s office issued a statement saying the move is designed to enhance collaboration and relationships, build strong workplace cultures, increase mentoring, leadership development, and better serve Pennsylvanians while continuing to offer flexibility for employees.

Most of the 2,300 employees affected are already working a hybrid schedule.  Workers represented by a union are not impacted.

“Currently, about 25% of our approximately 72,000 salaried employees tele-work either part-time or full-time,” the Shapiro administration said. “The majority, about 75%, do not tele-work at all and report to their work location for 100% of their work schedule.”

The decision drew praise from members of Shapiro’s cabinet and other officials in Harrisburg.

“We are eager to set the tone at the top in supporting practices that support workers and the communities in which they live and work,” said Secretary of Administration Neil Weaver. “While the administration acknowledges the potential benefits of remote work, they must be balanced with the many benefits of being in the office, including improved opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, informal learning and overall well-being, as well as the sense of connection and shared mission that comes with being in the workplace. This rebalancing of telework schedules will allow us to enjoy both.”

Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams also praised the decision.

“I am pleased by the Shapiro Administration’s decision to bring people back to work and get state government moving in person again,” she said. “With more people coming into Harrisburg and surrounding communities, our main street businesses and bustling downtown will have an opportunity to continue to grow and thrive – and it will be nice to see more of our neighbors and colleagues again.

“I look forward to working together to make Harrisburg an even greater place to live, work, and raise a family.”