Sumary of NatWest gives RBS the full makeover including carpets, couches and cafes:
- But NatWest – which scrapped the toxic RBS Group name last year in the hope of moving on from past scandals – has done away with the old, by ripping out carpets, ditching office phones and installing Zoom-enabled meeting rooms, as it ushers in a new era of hybrid working turbocharged by the Covid crisis.
- Cafe-style meeting rooms are separated with stylish soundproof curtains, and anyone looking for a break from noisy colleagues can retreat to single-person pods for privacy.
- The all-new interiors of NatWest’s post-pandemic, hybrid-working offices at 250 Bishopsgate in the City of London.
- The trend has forced firms across the City to think about their office as more than a place for a computer and chair, and to get creative about what will lure staff away from their home comforts, even as the pandemic rages on.
- “This is the chance to define a new way of working,” Rose said, explaining that the pandemic had “busted a few myths,” about the need to be in the office five days a week in order to be productive.
- Photograph: Danny Lawson/PAAnd Rose is not alone: 2021 has been punctuated by announcements from City firms offering flexible working, including HSBC which is planning to slash global office space by 40% as its capitalises on new hybrid working arrangements.
- ”But other major banks, particularly on Wall Street, are less concerned by a potential preference among workers to work from home.
- In the US, Morgan Stanley’s chief executive, James Gorman, told his New York employees that anyone who feels safe going out to a restaurant should return to the office this month, while Goldman Sachs boss, David Solomon, called remote working an “aberration” that did not fit with the bank’s “innovative, collaborative apprenticeship culture”.