Judith Faulkner, CEO of healthcare IT giant Epic Systems.
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Health technology company Epic Systems has now informed its employees that they can work from home until the end of the year, under pressure from public opinion.
Epic has planned to ask thousands of employees to return to the office this month to preserve its culture. Employees have previously been asked to return to the office unless they have difficulty arranging child care or have a health condition. These employees were previously informed that they would be able to work remotely until November 2.
But after hearing concerns from local public health officials earlier this week, Epic said it would rethink its remote work policy. The company has also heard feedback from its own employees, who share their concerns about their health and safety.
Epic, based in Verona, Wisconsin, employs around 9,000 people. It is one of the largest medical technology companies in the US, and it sells medical record software to some of the nation̵7;s top hospitals.
Now, the company says that employees will receive a notice four weeks before they are asked to return to campus, based in Dane County. Those who choose to participate are welcome, Epic said, but the company will keep track of numbers and limits if requested.
The company shared the following statement with CNBC on Thursday:
On August 8, Epic halted our phased return to our campus in response to correspondence from the Madison and Dane County Department of Public Health. On August 12, we updated our policy.
As of August 13, employees can continue to work from home until at least the new year. For those who wish to enter, they are welcome to return to the school. We believe that direct collaboration is important.
We will continue to closely monitor data to make our decisions, including Dane County public health reports, the impact of UW students returning to campus and expert advice. public health. For the safety of our staff and our community, we will monitor the number and location of people on campus and limit the number as needed. Staff will receive notice at least four weeks before they are required to return to school the following year.
This novel disease presents a challenge. Infectious diseases experts tell us that many companies, like ours, have had to make adjustments to change the information and development of the virus and revise their plans multiple times. We appreciate the constructive feedback from our staff. We look forward to a time when everyone can meet again face to face.