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2020 Lifestyle-Friendly Workplace Update

May 09, 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic quickly changed the nature of everyday work and prompted new approaches to employee benefits and wellness. 85 percent of our staff moved to a new normal of remote, flexible – and still very productive – work.

During this disruptive year, we maintained nearly all benefits, and in 2021, the few cuts we made have been reversed. We also saw continued use of parental leave, with a notable twist: fathers and mothers used the benefit almost equally.

2020-workplace-update Employees celebrated 2020 Pride Day by wearing rainbow masks and sharing photos with co-workers. Here, a New York employee and her family join in.

The pandemic sharpened our focus on wellness and health. By supplying our offices with personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, barriers and cleaning supplies, and developing our Healthy Reentry app, we helped protect employees when they couldn’t work remotely.

Because prevention is the best medicine, we rolled out several new wellness offerings. We provided subscriptions to a physical activity challenge program and memberships in a meditation and mindfulness app.

We also awarded 13 competitive grants to offices for items that went beyond PPE – such as touchless appliances, air purifiers and fans, and the pursuit of the WELL Health-Safety Rating for our new headquarters in New York.

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