Goldman Sachs is asking its employees to return to the office 5 days a week. In an interview with Fortune, David Solomon, the firm’s CEO, is looking forward to ending hybrid work and returning to the traditional workplace setup.
During the past months, the investment firm mainly worked from home as Delta and other COVID-19 variants, which made it challenging to have all employees back in the office. However, during the past week, David Solomon mentioned that his long-term plan is to have everyone working at the office.
Goldman Sachs Employees Back at the Office
The firm re-opened its office on February 1st, after closing during January due to Covid. However, only half of Goldman Sachs employees showed up at its headquarters.
According to David Solomon, remote work is an “aberration.” He has called out other companies that have embraced flexibility, saying that remote work is not a new normal. He mentioned:
“I do think for a business like ours, which is an innovative, collaborative apprenticeship culture, this is not ideal for us, and it’s not a new normal,”
Now that the covid situation is better, companies are showing their plans for the long term. While in 2021, many stated that remote work is the ideal work model, companies are still planning to get employees back to the office.
Companies such as Apple and Google are providing employees with the flexibility to some extent as they also expect employees to work from the office. Morgan Stanley, on the other hand, similar to Goldman Sachs, wants to have all employees back at the office as soon as possible.