According to a company representative, Goldman Sachs is encouraging qualified U.S. employees to work from home until Jan. 18, following in the footsteps of a number of competitors who have altered their return-to-office plans as the Omicron variant spreads
The representative noted that Goldman’s offices will stay open in accordance with the previously announced Covid-19 safety standards. Those steps include a vaccine requirement, a booster requirement for all eligible groups beginning Feb. 1, bi-weekly testing beginning Jan. 10, and mandatory masks beginning Jan. 10.
Financial firms have been debating when they can return to business as usual, as well as how to communicate with employees and retain people in the face of uncertainty. Due to the recent spike in incidents, a number of other banks jobs have asked employees to work remotely.
Goldman Sachs was one of the Wall Street firms that had worked the hardest to get employees back into offices, and it was the last holdout in the fight to keep the majority of employees on the job during the Omicron variant’s ascent.
JPMorgan Chase, which was among those pressuring employees to remain in their offices, said last week that for the first two weeks of January, employees could work from home jobs. JPMorgan, on the other hand, stated in a memo to employees that all employees are anticipated to return to work by February 1.
Citigroup has similarly requested that its staff work from home for the first few weeks of 2022, according to a spokeswoman who verified the request late last month.