Insider

Wells Fargo is confidentially surveying US employees about their vaccination status ahead of a broader return to office in September

Summary List PlacementWells Fargo has alerted all US employees that it will confidentially survey them in regards to their vaccination status. In a memo sent to employees on Thursday which was reviewed by Insider, Wells Fargo's Chief Operating Officer Scott Powell told employees that the firm is requesting they respond...

Wells Fargo chief executive Charlie Scharf

Summary List Placement

Wells Fargo has alerted all US employees that it will confidentially survey them in regards to their vaccination status.

In a memo sent to employees on Thursday which was reviewed by Insider, Wells Fargo’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Powell told employees that the firm is requesting they respond to a “very brief survey regarding COVID-19 vaccination status and plans.”

He requested that respondents reply to the survey by June 16, adding that he planned to take the survey as of the day he sent the memo, June 10.

Powell noted that they survey is confidential and the bank will “not review or use” respondents’ individual data. The goal, however, is to use the data to inform the bank’s plans to “maintain a safe workplace” as it begins the migration back to the office in September.

The memo added that the survey answers will not be shared with respondents’ managers, and that Wells Fargo utilizes the data not on a person-by-person basis. Instead, the bank will analyze respondents’ data for trends across job types, regions, or business groups.

Powell impressed upon employees that he hopes that all recipients will reply, saying that the greater the number of responses, the better the bank can incorporate respondents’ vaccination status into its plans.

“To better inform our planning for returning to the workplace, we are asking U.S. employees to voluntarily take a brief survey regarding COVID-19 vaccination status and plans. The data collected will be used as an aggregate only, not on a person-by-person level, and responses will be confidential,” a Wells Fargo spokesperson told Insider via email. 

Wells Fargo executives previously told US employees to expect to continue working from home until September 6

Previously, Insider reported that Powell and Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf told employees in a separate memo dated March 30 that they should expect to return to the office after Labor Day. 

At the time, the executives said that they were “encouraged” by progress in the availability of COVID-19 vaccines. They added that employees should expect to continue working from home, even if fully vaccinated, until September 6.

The bank also said that it would allow some possible exemptions for workers in “certain business or functional subgroups in the US” to return to the office sooner.

Goldman Sachs also requested that employees inform the bank as to their COVID-19 vaccination status by 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to an internal memo reviewed by Insider which was first reported by the New York Times’ Dealbook newsletter.

In May, Goldman Sachs informed US staffers that they would be expected to return to the office by June 14.

Are you an employee of a financial-services firm who has received guidance from your employer about return-to-office plans, or to supply information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status? Contact this reporter confidentially. Reed Alexander can be reached at ralexander@insider.com, or via the encrypted app Signal at (561) 247-5758.

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Why ‘moist’ is one of the most hated words in the English language

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: