Deutsche Bank leads return to office, ending work-from-home weekend

by Time Doctor
Deutsche Bank return to office

With big financial institutions in the forefront, the nature of work as we know it is going through yet another profound change. Among them, Deutsche Bank has garnered media attention for its most recent policy change, which may put an end to the beloved “work-from-home weekend.” In addition to changing many people’s workweeks, this action begs the question of what will happen to work in the post-pandemic world.

Deutsche Bank’s new directive: Office attendance redefined

Leading banking institution Deutsche Bank has implemented a policy requiring staff members to work from the office three days a week minimum. The clause essentially ends the prolonged work-from-home weekend by requiring employees to be in the office on either Monday or Friday. Below is a summary of the most important figures and recommendations from Bloomberg’s report:

  • Minimum office days: Employees are now required to come into the office at least three days a week.
  • Mandatory office days: Workers must be present in the office on either Monday or Friday.
  • Special rule for senior management: Managing Directors are expected to work from the office at least four days a week, starting in June.
  • A shift from previous norms: This policy change aims to distribute worker attendance more evenly throughout the week.
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The rationale behind the shift

The decision to change work-from-home policy is complex, and Deutsche Bank has provided many justifications for the change:

  • Optimizing office space: The bank describes its current real estate usage as “inefficient.” The new policy is intended to optimize the utilization of office space.
  • Even distribution of workforce: By mandating office days on Mondays and Fridays, Deutsche Bank aims to spread employee presence more evenly across the week.
  • Hybrid model still in place: Despite the stricter guidelines, Deutsche Bank reaffirms its commitment to the hybrid working model, which has been “extremely positively” received by staff.
  • Strengthening leadership presence: The new guidelines are designed to ensure consistency across the bank and strengthen the senior leadership’s presence in the office.

Industry trends and perspectives

Readjusting its regulations regarding office attendance is not exclusive to Deutsche Bank. Giants in the banking sector, such as JP Morgan, have been progressively summoning employees back to the office. Notably, in April of last year, JP Morgan mandated that its managing directors come into work five days a week, stressing the value of being “visible on the floor.”

The prior forecasts on the future of office work are called into question by this development. Steven Roth, a well-known New York landlord, famously said that Fridays were “dead forever” and that Mondays were “touch and go.” Deutsche Bank’s strategy, however, tries to buck this trend, with Fridays having the lowest office occupancy rates, according to statistics from Kastle Systems.


Finding a balance between flexibility and the typical office environment is still a popular issue as businesses navigate the post-pandemic landscape. The bank continues to use a hybrid approach, but the trend toward more fixed office hours is indicative of a broader industry-wide effort to redefine the workplace.

One thing is certain despite the ongoing discussion: businesses like Deutsche Bank are paving the way for the workplace of the future as it changes the way we work. It remains to be seen if this signals the beginning of the end for the work-from-home weekend or just a recalibration of the hybrid model.

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