American Express Co. is eyeing January for the tentative launch of its hybrid working model.

In an internal memo, Stephen J. Squeri, chairman and chief executive officer of American Express, said the model will go into effect only in locations where the company makes a full return to the office, likely starting with Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. on Jan. 24 at the earliest. The company had originally planned to roll out the model last month, starting in the U.K. and the U.S.

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While the model includes designations for hybrid, onsite and virtual work based on employees’ roles, Squeri said the majority of American Express workers will likely fall into the hybrid category, working onsite an average of two days per week. According to the memo, an internal survey found roughly 80 per cent of the company’s employees said they want to come back to the office at least some of the time.

“Ultimately, our goal is to achieve the best of both worlds — recapturing the creativity, connections, collaboration and relationship building of working together in person, while also retaining the flexibility and progress we’ve made together in this virtual world,” said Squeri.

The model also allows employees to work up to four non-consecutive calendar weeks per year from somewhere other than their primary work location, according to the memo, which noted this is in addition to an existing policy that allows employees to work up to 15 days per year outside of the country in which they’re employed.

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