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Goldman Sachs leads ‘great return’ to offices in central London

Jonathan Prynn
·1-min read
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Goldman Sachs led the “great return” to offices in central London this week with hundreds of its staff turning up to its City headquarters for the first time in up to a year.

Government advice remains that people should work from home if they can but some employers are now making arrangements for employees to return following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Chief executive David Solomon has called on colleagues to make their way back to their office “as soon as possible” after describing working from home as “an aberration.

One worker, a risk strategy analyst who would only give his name as Ben, told the Guardian that he was looking forward to returning to work in Holborn after months operating from his Islington flat.

The 28-year-old said: “I’m actually feeling pretty good about coming back to the office. It will give some structure to the day. It is hard to stop working when you’re working from home.”

“They have done quite a lot of work preparing,” he added. “We are getting tested twice a week.”

“But most of the guys I normally work with aren’t back yet. And we are all going to spread out for social distancing, so I guess it’s going to be harder to have the bants.” Goldman Sachs says its office is open to all staff, but attendance is “voluntary”.

It said about 15 to 20 per cent of its 6,000 London employees were back in the office last week.

Other major City employers such as Credit Suisse also said they expected staff numbers in the office to rise from this week.

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