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RTO Is for Real This Time, WeWork Says of Post-Labor Day Surge

Bookings jumped 20% from weekly average as return-to-office energy seems to take hold

Members work on laptop computers in a common room at WeWork Inc. offices in San Francisco.

Members work on laptop computers in a common room at WeWork Inc. offices in San Francisco.

Photographer: Mike Short/Bloomberg

WeWork Inc. had its busiest four-day stretch of the year last week as the back-to-school season coincided with high-profile return-to-office mandates.

In the week after Labor Day on Sept. 5, bookings by all-access and on-demand members surged 20% compared to the weekly average at WeWork’s 700 office locations worldwide. Global keycard swipes soared over 70% compared to the same week in 2021, when the delta variant of the coronavirus scuttled RTO plans.