Prudential Postpones Office Return, Mandates Vaccine
Prudential Financial has pushed back its return-to-office date until at least October, a spokesperson said.
The company had initially asked employees to return next month, but the recent surge in new Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations has prompted Prudential to postpone the date.
“We are actively monitoring the evolving and dynamic Covid-19 situation and hope to welcome more employees back to the office no sooner than October,” the spokesperson said. “We will continue to evaluate this decision as we approach our anticipated return date.”
In addition, employees who are physically in the office must show proof that they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19, the spokesperson said. If they are not vaccinated, they will not be able to enter the office.
Prudential planned for its employees to work in the office half the time beginning after Labor Day, The Wall Street Journal reported in March.
The Newark, N.J.-based insurer employed 42,832 people as of Sept. 30, according to its latest proxy report.
Prudential joins companies in other industries that have recently announced delays for their return-to-office timelines as a result of the rapid spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19.