Dusseldorf Not only international financial groups like Credit Suisse or Goldman Sachs are thinking about how they can get their employees back to their offices after weeks in the home office.
Planning for the period after the coronavirus emergency measures has also begun at the major German regional banks, as a survey by the business intelligence service Bloomberg shows.
The Landesbank is “in preparatory planning of how we will make the gradual transition from remote operation to working in the bank in the coming weeks,” said a spokeswoman. The plans would currently go in the direction of a “rotation model of split teams”. Department employees are divided and used alternately in the bank or in the home office.
At the cooperative institute, just over 90 percent of the employees currently work in the home office and the existing regulations were extended to May 18 last week. “We are of course dealing with the return,” said a spokeswoman. This should take place gradually. “In the next step, we will probably slow down the remote quota to 70 percent.”
The company says it has a clear, tier-based plan to return employees. “In the current repatriation debate there is no reason for us to be unnecessarily hectic,” said a spokesman. Because even with the current, predominantly home office operation, a smooth business process is ensured. “We will therefore first closely monitor the further development of the infection chains in the course of the now opening openings.”
At Norddeutsche Landesbank, an estimated 60 percent of employees work from home. Plans are currently being drawn up for how the walk can go back to normal, a spokesman said.
Münchner Bank is working on concepts that are to be presented to employees in mid or late May. “The alpha and omega are distance rules in the office,” said a spokesman. But there will also be a certain home office quota in the future. In addition, the company is considering how to open canteens again, albeit with a likely restricted offer and distance rules.
The company currently has over half of its employees working from home. “We are of course concerned with the return to more normalcy, but we will certainly take cautious steps towards easing,” said a spokesman. He pointed out that Commerzbank has gradually opened at least more branches since the beginning of May, with 50 more added this week alone.
The country’s largest credit institution resumed public traffic in 80 of the approximately 200 branches closed in March in Germany on Monday. This emerges from an in-house message. How long the other branches remained closed depends on how the first round of reopening went, the memo says.
“Retailing is currently picking up in all federal states, customers are increasingly asking for our services as a result of the initial easing, and the personnel situation is very stable throughout,” the bank said in the message. “Therefore, the temporarily closed branches are gradually being reopened.”
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