2020 Forecast Series:
Balancing school
and office in the
age of COVID-19

Nearly one in four employees in the U.S. cares for a child under the age of 14. How can employers maintain productivity in the midst of so much back-to-school uncertainty?

When schools across the U.S. and Canada shut down nearly overnight this spring, educators, parents and even employers went into emergency preservation mode. Juggling a career while facilitating children's online learning became all in a day’s work for many. How many? Well, in the United States, nearly one in four employees has a child under the age of 14 in their home.  

With the fall school year rapidly approaching, those 34 million American workers are trying to determine whether or not their children will be returning to school while their employers are seeking ways to maintain productivity in the midst of significant uncertainty.

Top markets with school age population (5-14 years)


In our latest JLL report, Back to school, and work?, we evaluate the potential impacts on the commercial real estate market if schools do not return to full-time, in-person learning. Find out why flexibility will be key for employers seeking to support and retain a sizeable portion of their workforce.


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