LINCOLN – Ameritas announced Friday afternoon that it will close its location in Wayne. According to Bill Lester, President and CEO, the company will also bring together all Lincoln operations at its O Street home office campus. The home office at 5900 O St. also will be remodeled to better support associates working in a modern hybrid setting while preparing for continued growth in an evolving business environment.
The approximately 20 hybrid and office-based associates working in the Ameritas customer contact center in Wayne, Neb., will become remote and the building Ameritas owns in Wayne will be listed for sale. Options for the building Ameritas owns in Lincoln’s Fallbrook area will be evaluated. Lester, in making the announcement, stressed that no organizational restructuring is included as part of this initiative.
“Bringing all our Lincoln-based associates together on one campus will create great benefits,” Lester said. “We can strengthen and energize collaboration among teams and business units and make better and more efficient use of our flagship facility here in Lincoln. We also look forward to renovating the home office into a modern and flexible working environment, demonstrating our determination to continue growing and winning in this changing market.”
Floorplans and workspaces in the home office will be reconfigured and updated with today’s best practices in mind, beginning this year and continuing into 2024.
The announcement follows a review of use patterns at office facilities in six states since Ameritas introduced a flexible workplace strategy over the past year called Flex@Ameritas. Though some Ameritas associates work in the office full time, many now work remotely all or part of the time, resulting in decreased facilities occupancy.
“Flex@Ameritas transformed how and where we work,” Lester said. “Rethinking how we use our spaces is a natural next step and the right thing to do, as we invest in our future and make the best use of our resources.”
Besides Lincoln, Ameritas has locations in Cincinnati, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Jacksonville, Fla., and Minnetonka, Minn., as well as smaller offices around the nation. The Friday announcement provided no timeline for closure of the Wayne building or placement of the facility on the market.
Ameritas is a marketing name for Ameritas Mutual Holding Company and its affiliated subsidiary companies, including Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. and Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York. Founded in 1887, Ameritas offers a wide range of insurance and financial products and services to individuals, families and businesses including life insurance; annuities; individual disability income insurance; group dental, vision and hearing care insurance; retirement plans; investments; asset management; and public finance.