Major Columbus employers Aflac and TSYS said Monday they are weathering the tropical storm conditions generated by Hurricane Irma’s surge up the Florida peninsula into Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.
TSYS said it is “open for business” with essential personnel reporting to their respective locations and other employees working from home where possible. The global credit-card processor has nearly 5,000 staffers in Columbus at multiple facilities and its corporate headquarters downtown.
“Our primary concern is for the safety and well being of our team members and clients, and we have asked them to take every necessary precaution,” said TSYS spokesman Cyle Mims. “We will continue to monitor the weather situation for all of our locations in Georgia regarding team member schedules for Tuesday.”
Aflac closed its offices in Columbus and Atlanta on Monday, with expectations of returning to work Tuesday at all locations at 9 a.m. The supplemental health and life insurer employs roughly 4,000 at its two major campuses in Columbus, along with staffers who routinely work from their homes.
“We continue to monitor the situation as we have for several days,” said Aflac spokesman Jon Sullivan. “We have a team that is meeting regularly to analyze the weather updates so that the best decisions can be made to ensure the safety of our employees and maintain business continuity.”
Synovus Financial Corp., parent company of Columbus Bank and Trust, has closed all of its branches Monday in Columbus, Phenix City and LaGrange, Ga.