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Even with the imposition of President Biden’s private-employer vaccine mandate—possibly for only a very short time, indeed—it seems that a full-time, or even predictable, return to the office is as far away as ever.

Major banks, technology companies and other firms have scrapped those plans thanks to the Omicron variant, and a sense that Covid-19 is going to linger longer than most first imagined…. These reversals have persuaded many business leaders to avoid specific return dates. Instead, they are adopting more nuanced workplace strategies that recognize that Covid-19 will be around for the indefinite future.

This does not make Jamie Dimon happy. One of those formerly very confident executives with mask on their face, he’s already been forced to concede that the status quo ante is probably a pipe dream, certainly during the Omicron surge. But he’ll be damned if he’s going to let some unscientific nonsense keep him from forcing people back as often as he can at the earliest possible opportunity (or let Jane Fraser make him look weak).

"If you aren't going to get vaxxed, you won't be able to work in that office. We're not going to pay you not to work in the office," Dimon said. "We want people to get vaccinated."

That sounds an awful lot like James Gorman’s since-retracted “if you want to get paid New York rates, you work in New York.” Actually, it sounds a good deal tougher, boiling down to the somewhat pithier, “If you want to get paid, you work.” And he sounds like he fucking means it, at least for now.

Asked about a possible hybrid work policy in the future by which employees split their time between home and the office, Dimon said: "We don't have to answer this right away."

JPMorgan's Dimon warns unvaccinated New York staff could be terminated [CNN Business]
Surging Covid-19 Puts an End to Projected Return-to-Office Dates [WSJ]
Bulk of Biden Administration’s Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect [WSJ]

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