"Performing jobs remotely is more successful when people know one another and already have a large body of existing work to do. It does not work as well when people don't know one another," Dimon wrote in his annual letter to JPMorgan shareholders.
The 65-year-old CEO added that most people learn how to do a job "through an apprenticeship model," which can't be replicated over a Zoom (ZM) call.
"Over time, this drawback could dramatically undermine the character and culture you want to promote in your company," Dimon added.
According to Dimon, "a heavy reliance on Zoom meetings actually slows down decision-making because there is little immediate follow-up."
What's more, remote work "virtually eliminates spontaneous learning and creativity because you don't run into people at the coffee machine, talk with clients in unplanned scenarios, or travel to meet with customers and employees for feedback on your products and services."
As companies debate in-office versus remote work, Dimon said, "generally speaking, we envision a model that will find many employees working in a location full time."
"That would include nearly all of the employees in our retail bank branches, as well as jobs in check processing, vaults, lockbox, sales and trading, critical operations functions and facilities, amenities, security, medical staff and many others," the CEO added.
Dimon said some employees would work under a hybrid model, with some days per week at a JPMorgan location and other days spent at home. According to Dimon, "a small percentage, maybe 10%," will work full-time from home.
To be sure, remote work "will change" how JPMorgan manages its real estate, Dimon added.
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