People enter the main Goldman Sachs building in New York, United States, on Monday, June 14, 2021.
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Goldman Sachs is encouraging its eligible U.S. employees to work from home through Jan. 18, a company spokesman said as it followed a number of its competitors in changing plans for return to the office as the Omicron variant spread .
Goldman’s offices will remain open with the previously announced Covid-19 security protocols, the spokesman added. These measures are: mandatory vaccination, mandatory refresher for all eligible population groups from February 1st, bi-weekly tests from January 10th and mandatory masks.
Financial companies have grappled with when they can realistically get back to their usual business and how they can communicate with their employees and keep employees in this uncertainty. A number of other banks had asked employees to work remotely due to the recent surge in cases.
Goldman was one of the Wall Street banks that had tried hardest to get staff back into the offices, and had been the last holdout to try to keep most of the staff in the offices during the rise of the Omicron variant keep.
JPMorgan Chase, which was also among those pushing employees to work in their offices, told employees last week that they could be from home for the first two weeks of January. However, JPMorgan said in the memo to employees that all employees are expected to return to the offices no later than February 1.
Citigroup has also asked its employees to work from home for the first few weeks of 2022, a spokesman confirmed late last month.