Back in September, UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti said that he thought it was difficult for banks to create and sustain a company culture when their employees were working from home.
Ermotti said that, in the long term, he expected only up to 30% of UBS employees to work from home in the future.
However, Emrotti has since stepped down as CEO – and taken a job as chairman at Swiss Re.
His replacement, Ralph Hamers, has a different view of long-term remote and hybrid working. This is partly because, according to the Financial Times, UBS believes this will give it an advantage when it comes to recruiting new talent.
UBS has now decided to allow most of its staff to work flexibly and choose between working from home and in the office. This move is being driven by Hamers and his executive team.
Reuters quoted a UBS internal memo that said: “We are committed to offering our employees the flexibility for hybrid working where role, tasks and location allow.”
The bank assessed all its job families and concluded that two thirds had roles that could be done effectively and compliantly from home. The remaining third, which includes supervisory roles, traders and branch staff, will be given little or no flexibility.
However, the Financial Times reported, that all employees will be required to attend the office for certain activities – the details will be agreed with individual managers.
However, unlike Standard Chartered, UBS is yet to announce when it will open its offices and staff can begin to move from working remotely to working in the office.
The memo continued: “Hybrid work options will be introduced on a country-by-country basis, with timing dependent on the local pandemic situation.”