There are no free meals in the financial world of London. Unless the banks try to woo their employees, who will return to work in the office. Even if the corona plague still threatens the health of British citizens, London insists on getting workers back to work in the office.
To do this, there are institutions that offer free meals and similar incentives to employees returning to the office, and it seems to work – London’s public transport operator has announced that this week has been the busiest day since the UK epidemic broke out in March 2020.
At once the trains, which had hitherto been abandoned, were flooded with more and more passengers on the lines connecting the suburbs to the financial quarters of the capital. The Canary Wharf Group, which maintains one of London’s financial quarters, supported a report by transport authorities and described the overcrowding in the borough and the thousands of workers who returned to offices and crowded the streets.
Financial businesses are using creative ways to encourage employees to return to work – the banking group Standard Chartered reported that 33% of its staff had already returned to the office, compared to a 20% attendance just last week. Everyone who returned to the office received an immediate reward – free meals.
Another example can be found at the investment bank “Goldman Sachs” – whose CEO referred to work from home as a “deviation”, and now they offer there to anyone who returns to work a sweet temptation with a bar of free ice cream. And the results speak for themselves: the bank said that this week About 3,000 workers have already come to work in the office, a six.fold increase from the difficult days of the Corona in London.
Ice creams and social events
In contrast, the banking group HSBC did not try to entice its employees with ice cream or free meals. “We try to communicate with our employees, and assure them that our offices are safe,” the CEO explained. “The first hurdle is to get people to try to return to the office.” , Compared to an average of 1,000.1,500 on the harder days.
Employers take a risk when they encourage employees to return to work from the office, when UK morbidity figures are rising, trains to the city are crowded and crowded, and mask wearing laws are not enforced. However, they hope that the benefits of working from the office – working alongside executives that may lead to promotion as well as the refreshing change after a year and a half of working from home will outweigh the importance of fear of infection among young workers.
The “Phoenix” insurance group, for its part, tried another approach to encourage employees to return to the office – to help them adapt and adapt outside the home. There they initiated a series of what were defined as “safe social events.” At these events, food and soft drinks are served for free, and participants are offered colorful bracelets with a sentence written on them that indicates the level of comfort with a social gathering – “I keep my distance”, for example, it says on one of them, and on another: “I’m fine with a handshake” – each And what suits him.
A similar phenomenon of workers returning to offices is also emerging in the United States – except that it is developing with greater caution, probably due to concerns about the latest corona delta strain. Indeed, where expectations are lower – Citigroup, for example, expects its employees in New York and other major US cities to return to work only two days a week, starting September 13, and that too only if they are vaccinated.