Wellbeing COVID-19 The Future of Work

IPG to make proof of vaccination or negative Covid test compulsory in office return


By Ellen Ormesher, Senior Reporter

August 23, 2021 | 3 min read

Interpublic Group has released an internal mandate that will require employees to show proof of vaccination or regular testing to help ensure a safe return to offices.

Phillipe Krakowsky

IPG boss Phillip Krakowsky says the move will provide ‘collective good health and peace of mind’ for workers

IPG chief executive officer Phillip Krakowsky has said that the mandate will come into effect in the coming weeks, and has been drafted to provide workers with “collective good health and peace of mind”.

How does it work?

  • The mandate applies primarily to the US and other markets where vaccines and testing are readily available.

  • It stipulates that employees must be vaccinated or provide a negative Covid-19 result from a test taken within 72 hours of being in the office, which is about once or twice weekly.

What else is being done?

  • The company has also upgraded office ventilation, added more cleaning services and created less dense seating arrangements, and will start using digital booking tools to properly respect social distancing.

  • Masks will still be required in IPG offices worldwide, regardless of local regulations.

What’s the story elsewhere?

  • Omnicom is currently the only other major holding company that has made vaccinations for workers returning to the office mandatory.

  • Publicis announced earlier this month that it will only be requiring employees to wear masks if they remain unvaccinated.

  • You can find a full breakdown of vaccination policies across US firms here.

To find out more about how to create a vaccination policy within your organization, click here.

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