David Solomon, the chief executive officer at Goldman Sachs, has said remote working is an “aberration.”
Speaking at a conference earlier this week, the bank boss rejected the idea of remote working as the new normal:
“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. It’s an aberration that we’re going to correct as soon as possible.”
The CEO said he was concerned incoming recruits, who wouldn’t get the “direct mentorship” they required.
“I am very focused on the fact that I don’t want another class of young people arriving at Goldman Sachs in the summer remotely,” he added.
“I don’t think as we get out of the pandemic the overall operating mode of the way a business like ours operates will be vastly different,” Solomon said.
Other banking giants have expressed concerns about remote working in recent months.
In September 2020, JP Morgan’s chief executive Jamie Dimon said remote working was having a negative impact on productivity.
However, Lloyds Banking Group recently shared plans to reduce the amount of office space it uses by 20% within three years. HSBC, on the other hand, announced a significant 40% cut in its office footprint.
Legacy systems and cybersecurity concerns
The rise of remote working tools bring several business challenges, particularly when it comes to organizational and information security.
Tech-savvy, agile, distributed businesses are likely to handle the shift to remote or hybrid working environments much better than those organizations running on legacy, centralized systems.
It’s therefore hardly surprising that Big Tech has largely welcomed the idea of sticking with remote, or hybrid, working models.
Spotify said it would also allow employees to keep working remotely and to choose what country they want to work from.
Indeed, the pandemic has forced businesses to change how they think about work, time, and space. Earlier this month, Salesforce claimed the 9-to-5 workday was “dead” and many other organizations are putting policies in place to ensure that workers have the choice, and flexibility, to work from home or the office.
For the second time over the past 12 months, HR departments are being thrust into the spotlight. This time, they’ll have to engineer compliant solutions that cater to the needs of organizations and individuals alike.
Yessi Bello Perez is a contributor at UNLEASH. The former editor of UNLEASH, Yessi is a seasoned technology and business journalist passionate about technology, people, and the future of work. She is a regular contributor to Times Radio in the UK. She also co-hosted a podcast for fDi Intelligence (Financial Times) and wrote a column about rising startup ecosystems. Yessi’s work has featured in several other leading publications including the Evening Standard, The Next Web (TNW), and UKTN. She is a sought-after panelist, event host, speaker, and moderator at technology events.