JPMorgan Chase has announced that they are ready to bring their employees back to the office, regardless of their vaccination status.
In a memo sent out to employees this Wednesday, the company listed a slew of new safety guidelines for getting people back to a regular work schedule by July 6th.
JPMorgan said that regardless of vaccination status, employees will be expected to come back in the office for a minimum of 50%, and in some cases 100%, of the time depending on their specific role and what occupancy limits the buildings put into place.
The company is also telling all employees to fill out a survey regarding their vaccination status, but they will have the option to decline and not disclose that information as well. Vaccinated employees will be able to avoid most Covid-19 health protocols like wearing masks and social distancing while unvaccinated employees, or employees who decline to disclose, will continue to be tested for the coronavirus and must wear a mask and social distance at all times.
Other major banks throughout the country, such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, have mandated that their employees return to all locations.
People working within the banks have made it clear that they aren’t going to exempt workers from returning to the office just because they’re not vaccinated. While certain allowances will likely be made for individuals who are immunocompromised and at an increased risk, most major financial institutions are requiring their employees to come back to the office.
CEO Jamie Dimon recently spoke with the press about how he was initially taking a slow approach when it came to mandating a return to the office. However, he’s now ready to get back to the hustle and bustle of city life.
“It doesn’t work for people who want to hustle, doesn’t work for culture, doesn’t work for idea generation.”
“By September it’ll look just like it did before. We are getting blowback about coming back internally but that’s life,” Dimon said. The memo also stresses the importance of getting vaccinated.
“Over the past month it has been terrific to see more of you safely returning to our US offices, and we have been pleased to hear from many of you that our workspaces are better than ever,” the memo said.
“You’ve commented on the health and safety protocols we’ve put in place, the new technology we’ve rolled out and, most importantly, how good it feels to see your colleagues in person.”
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.