BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - The new normal for workers at State Farm Insurance means tens of thousands of them will work in the office and at home.
It's a "new way of working," the Bloomington-based company said in a statement released on Friday.
Like school districts conducting classes virtually and in the classroom, State Farm is introducing a hybrid system in which employees will still be assigned to a facility, like the company headquarters on Bloomington's east side. They will, however, spend some time at the office, and some time at home.
Leaders of the various business areas will work with employees to decide how much time they'll spend at each location, State Farm said in a news release.
State Farm said one of the reasons it's making this change is to provide flexibility for its workers.
"This new approach enables State Farm to operate as efficiently as possible for the benefit of our customers, while providing a more flexible work environment for our current and future employees," the company said.
Most State Farm employees, about 40,000, will work under the hybrid system, which is expected to start in July.
Remaining workers, about 17,500, will spend all their work time at the office or at home.
"How we move forward will be influenced by all we’ve learned and what best meets the needs of our customers, while at the same time accommodating company and employee interests," the company said.
The vast majority of State Farm employees, minus some essential staff members, worked from home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.