Keeping You Informed: Our Strategy to Return to Office Gradually
The following email was sent today to all Goldman Sachs employees globally.
Since we shared with you our global return to office framework, many cities around the world have started a gradual reopening, giving us reasons to be hopeful. We all want the vibrant communities in which we live and work to thrive once again, and to see businesses large and small open their doors to customers. As each community improves, and where it is safe to do so, we have prepared our facilities and started welcoming more colleagues back, while remaining cautious in protecting the health and safety of our people.
We are sharing today the latest on our strategy to return gradually. Consistent with the status of the communities in which we operate, the timing for fully reopening some of our offices remains uncertain. In all cases, we remain guided by our people-first principle:
- We are welcoming back more colleagues across most of our offices in Asia Pacific and continental Europe. In London, more colleagues will begin returning to the office as of Monday, June 15, and in Bengaluru, we expect to review our return to office process toward the end of June.
- In the Americas, we plan to welcome an initial group of colleagues back in New York, Jersey City, Dallas and Salt Lake City beginning Monday, June 22. As we look ahead, we continue to assess external conditions and community readiness for other locations.
- Across regions, if, based on your role, you are invited to return to the office in the early stages, you would have been or will be notified accordingly by your regional and divisional leadership with the appropriate steps to be taken as you plan your return, including consulting key resources and completing a health questionnaire. Rest assured, returning is entirely voluntary and everyone is encouraged to adopt an approach that works for them and their own personal circumstances which might make a return to office challenging at this time.
- In addition, if returning to the office in the near-term is a preferred option for you but you have not been contacted about doing so, please discuss with your manager. As we have said before, flexibility has been and will remain paramount, and we are focused on accommodating our people’s different circumstances.
- If you have any questions on your office’s return to office strategy, please consult your regional and divisional leadership.
Whether you are working in the office or at home, it is important to remember that we all need to take time to rest, particularly as we and our families all seek to stay healthy and well, and we encourage you to take your vacation throughout the year.
More broadly, we remain focused on listening to you, and on ensuring we continue to do our part in supporting businesses in our communities as they embark on the path to recovery. We are encouraged by the positive feedback we have received so far as we implement our return to office strategy around the world, and will continue to calibrate our approach as we learn more.
We could not be prouder of how our teams are rallying and adapting in this incredibly dynamic and challenging environment, and thank each and every one of you for your outstanding dedication to the firm and to each other.
David M. Solomon
John E. Waldron
Stephen M. Scherr