HSBC is preparing Zoom-free Friday afternoons for many UK workers in an effort to alleviate stress caused by working from home, which is common during pandemics.
Many other organizations have reported similar policies to enhance employee quality of life, and the pilot program supports them.
In its commercial banking division, which includes current accounts, deposits, mortgages, and credit cards.
HSBC is taking measures to reduce its workspace by about 40% in the event of a post-pandemic break.
HSBC confirmed that it had been evaluating the idea as part of a response team looking at the future of work via its UK bank, as first reported by The Telegraph newspaper. HSBC Holdings plc is a global investment bank and financial services holding firm headquartered in the United Kingdom.
After suffering a heart attack and sharing his thoughts on social media, another HSBC employee, 45-year-old Jonathan Frostick, addressed the issue of work-life balance.
Mr. Frostick, an administrative program manager, has been rushed to the hospital on a Sunday afternoon after being sick while getting excited about the new work week. He said he went to his bedroom to lie down and caught his wife’s attention, who dialed 999. He also said that he no longer spends his whole day on Zoom.
When several people work remotely due to coronavirus outbreaks, video chat apps like Zoom are becoming increasingly important for allowing employees to communicate.
Moreover, they have sparked concerns more about the degree to which duty can intrude on people’s personal lives during lockdowns, leading to the term “Zoom fatigue.”
Citigroup, for example (Citigroup Inc., also known as Citi, is a New York-based international investment bank and financial services company), has adopted Zoom-free Fridays, citing the “blurring of borders between home and work, as well as the relentlessness of the pandemic workday,” according to CEO Jane Fraser. According to BBC News.
Other businesses are tackling the issue of flexible working, such as KPMG, which has told its 16,000 workers that they should leave one day a week early.