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CIBC Weighs Kitchens, Desks, New Headquarters in Post-Virus Plan

  • Social distancing to remain ‘effective safeguard’ in reopening
  • Staggered shifts, extended remote work in cards for employees
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce  is planning a “measured and staged” approach to reopening. 

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce  is planning a “measured and staged” approach to reopening. 

Photographer: Stephanie Foden/Bloomberg

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is looking at staggered shifts, daytime cleaning and even changes to its office kitchens as ways of keeping employees safe as the North American economy starts reopening following pandemic-spurred lockdowns.

The Toronto-based bank, which also has significant U.S. operations, is drafting plans for a post-coronavirus workplace that may change how staffers get to the office, enter buildings, work at desks and congregate in common areas, said Sandy Sharman, the senior executive vice president overseeing human resources.