Home or office? Worker morale is in the balance

SUMMER SOCIAL: Wendy Kagan, left, executive vice president for employee and community engagement at BankNewport, was eager to return to a traditional work environment once pandemic-related restrictions eased. Employees Lesley Vogt-Behan and Paul Marchetti, right, enjoy pizza and salad during one of the company’s Pizza Wednesdays, which it implemented to entice workers to return to the office. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
SUMMER SOCIAL: Wendy Kagan, left, executive vice president for employee and community engagement at BankNewport, was eager to return to a traditional work environment once pandemic-related restrictions eased. Employees Lesley Vogt-Behan and Paul Marchetti, right, enjoy pizza and salad during one of the company’s Pizza Wednesdays, which it implemented to entice workers to return to the office. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
Free pizza for lunch may not outweigh the conveniences of working at home. But it can, perhaps, sweeten the deal for those reluctant to return to an office environment. This is the hope at BankNewport. Ahead of an official hybrid model blending in-office and remote work starting after Labor Day, the bank has created summer social…

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