Gov. Holcomb ordering state workers back to the office

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All state workers are expected to return to work in-person by July 6. Gov. Eric Holcomb sent state workers an e-mail to that effect Wednesday.

“Our work has incredible impact for Hoosiers and I celebrate, with you, what we have accomplished with remote work tools, but it is not the optimal way for us to serve Hoosiers,” read the letter. “We work better together, and build more solid and collaborative teams, when we can have regular face-to-face conversations.”

Holcomb indicated in the letter that believes in-office collaboration, which some state workers have not had since last year, leads to better ideas and better productivity.

“With the recently passed budget, we have more opportunities than ever to serve Hoosiers and move Indiana forward,” said the e-mail.

The return was outlined:

Beginning Tuesday, June 7, all agency heads, senior staff and supervisors should be in their pre-pandemic work locations full time

No later than Monday, June 21, all non-supervisory employees should report to their pre-pandemic work locations at least 50 percent of their work week

No later than Tuesday, July 6, all employees should report to their pre-pandemic locations full time

Employees who had alternate work arrangements before March 2020 may resume or continue those arrangements.

Holcomb’s e-mail did not say state employees were required to be vaccinated before returning, but he encouraged it.

“We will offer a vaccination clinic on the Indianapolis campus on June 21 and 22, and there are some 800 locations across the state to obtain a free vaccination,” said the e-mail.

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