Judith Faulkner, CEO of healthcare giant IT Epic Systems.
Source: Epic Systems
Due to public pressure, health technology company Epic Systems has now notified its employees that they can work from home by the end of the year.
Epic had planned for thousands of employees to return to the office this month to preserve its culture. Employees were previously told to return to the office if they had no problems arranging childcare or had a health condition. Those employees were told earlier that they could work remotely until November 2nd.
But after hearing concerns from local public health officials earlier this week, Epic said it would review its remote work policy. The company had also heard feedback from its employees, who shared fears for their health and safety.
Epic, which is located in Verona, Wisconsin, employs about 9,000 people. It is one of the largest health technology companies in the US, and it sells record medical programs at some of the best hospitals in the country.
Now, the company has said staff will receive notice four weeks before being required to return to campus, which is located in Dane County. Those who decide to enter are welcome, Epic said, but the company will monitor the number and limit it if required.
The company shared the following statement with CNBC on Thursday:
On August 8, Epic stopped our phased return to campus in response to a letter from Madison Health Madison and Dane County. On August 12, we updated our policy.
As of August 13, staff can continue to work from home until at least the New Year. For those staff wishing to enter, they are welcome to return to campus. We believe that personal cooperation is important.
We will continue to closely monitor the data to guide our decisions, including Dane County public health reports, the impact of UW student returns to campus, and the advice of public health experts. For the safety of our staff and community, we will monitor the number and location of people on campus and limit the number if necessary. Staff will receive notice at least four weeks before being asked to return to campus next year.
This new disease is challenging. Infectious disease experts told us that many companies, like ours, have had to adapt to changing information and developments related to the virus and review their plans several times. We appreciate constructive feedback from our staff. We look forward to a time when everyone can be back again in person.