U.S. Bancorp is delaying the return of corporate workers to its headquarters in Minneapolis until later this year as Covid-19 cases rise, the StarTribune reported.
Bancorp is the fifth-largest employer in Minneapolis with almost 5,000 employees at its headquarters in the city, the newspaper said, adding that Wells Fargo still plans to bring its employees back to the office in a phased approach in September.
“After weighing our options, we believe the right course of action is to postpone our broader return to office until sometime in the fourth quarter,” U.S. Bancorp CEO Andy Cecere wrote to employees in an email obtained by the StarTribune.
Most jobs at the bank are expected to remain remote even after the health crisis ends, the news site wrote, citing a memo the company released in May. Cecere added those who want to work in the office can do so but must wear masks if they are unvaccinated. Masks are “strongly recommended” for vaccinated employees, he added.
“Our goal in moving the date out is to provide more time for people to get vaccinated, allow needed flexibility for parents and caregivers to navigate back-to-school challenges, and give us additional time to buy and configure the necessary technology to support hybrid work,” Cecere said.