CitiGroup, HSBC Bank Order Employees To Work From Office In US


Radhika Kajarekar

Radhika Kajarekar

May 28, 2024


CitiGroup, HSBC Bank Order Employees To Work From Office In US

More US employees may soon need a full-time office as Citigroup Inc. and HSBC Holdings Plc move away from hybrid work rules.

The policy is being changed in advance of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) modification to its workplace monitoring guidelines.

Citigroup, HSBC Shift To Work From Office Model

600 workers of Citigroup who were before permitted to work remotely have been asked to commute to work every day. 

On the other hand, roughly 350 workers, or roughly half of HSBC’s employment in the city, will be impacted by the new rules.

Head of HSBC’s human resources for the US and the Americas Mabel Rius said the company is taking into account what options workers have for a more seamless transition. In spite of the transition to full-time office employment, HSBC is making an effort to let as many workers as possible keep the option of working from home.

The regional head of HSBC said it is doubtful that all employees would be required to work five days a week. Dealmakers and bank traders may no longer be able to work remotely due to impending FINRA regulatory changes.

If businesses maintain their work-from-home policy after the rule changes, they will face additional expenses and challenges. 

Both Deutsche Bank AG and Barclays Plc are evaluating how these modifications may affect their individual policies.

US banks are expected to keep an eye on their employees and periodically check the workplace. Initially, Covid-19 led to regulatory loosening to allow for remote work; however, these accommodations are soon coming to an end.

Other Businesses To Follow Suit

Apart from HSBC and Citigroup, other businesses are thinking about requiring employees to work five days a week.

Investment-banking employees of Truist Financial Corp. were recently required to work from the office on weekdays beginning on June 1.

A number of Wall Street banks have implemented five-day office commutes across their many departments, including Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

These banks nevertheless give their staff various perks in defiance of the mandate.

The former flexible work ethic at Citigroup and HSBC has significantly changed with the transition to full-time office work. The modifications are intended to uphold workplace monitoring standards and conform to legal requirements.

The repeal of laws allowing remote work is indicative of larger business developments that are shaped by changes in the law. The shift to full-time office work is being orchestrated to guarantee the least amount of disturbance for staff members and preserve operational effectiveness.


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