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3 Companies Looking After Their Employees AND Supporting The Global COVID-19 Fight

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Last Updated May 11, 2020

More and more companies are stepping up to help fight the global COVID-19 pandemic, pivoting their day-to-day operations, or offering free services, to directly support those on the front line. Examples include:

  • AstraZeneca has launched the fastest ever clinical trial to test drug that treats extreme immune response
  • Uber is offering free rides and meals for NHS staff
  • LVMH is using its perfume production lines to make hand sanitiser
  • Companies including H&M , Barbour and more have begun making hospital gowns and protective masks for NHS workers

As well as directly helping the global fight, companies are also coming up with innovative and authentic ways to look after their employees during these challenging times.

Austin Fraser

How it's looking after employees

Internal communication is incredibly important to the business; Austin Fraser's CEO is sending weekly business updates via video and recognizing individuals for their efforts during this time. Other fun initiatives include:

- 'AF / AV Cribs' : Every Friday this an opportunity to take a peek into the homes & lives of employees to see how they work from home

- Recipe of the Week : People share their culinary tips with the wider business

- Pets Corner : An opportunity to see employees' furry friends

- Wellbeing Wall: A forum to share different ways that people can continue to look after themselves during isolation (such as breathing exercises, smoothie recipes, home workouts etc.)

How it's helping those on the front line

As specialists in recruitment for the Life Sciences industry, it partners with its clients to ensure they have the best talent. This in turn helps to produce life changing medical devices and drug development, with the purpose being to improve patient outcomes.

What employees say about working there: The people are dedicated to living and breathing the company values ​​and although like any growing business there are challenges the management go out of their way to look after you and make sure you are on the journey.” - Former Finance Employee in Reading

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How it's looking after employees 

Before governments worldwide advised that anyone who can work from home should work from home because of the outbreak, Elsevier had asked employees to work remotely and from the confines of their homes to help prevent the virus from spreading. With schools and childcare providers announcing closures, managers have been encouraged to provide maximum flexibility and understanding during this time with employees facing new demands on their time during the workday.  

Employees at Elsevier continue to have access to all their usual benefits, such as life insurance, sick pay and childcare support. Elsevier also provides access to a daily virtual MindLife 20-minute meditation, virtual team coffee breaks and there is a virtual gym session in development. 

How it's helping those on the front line

Elsevier created the Novel Coronavirus Information Center , providing free health and medical research on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19 for the research and health community. All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients.

What employees say about working there : Work-life balance is second-to-none, flexible with home-working on the whole. HR and company at a high-level take mental health and mindfulness seriously. A multitude of career choices, internal vacancies. Opportunity to travel ” publisher in Oxford

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How it's looking after employees

With hotel workers very much on the front line, Travelodge has stepped up its safety measures to keep employees healthy and protected. Social distancing measures are enforced, perspex screens have been fitted in reception areas, and hand sanitiser and gloves are readily available.

How it’s helping those on the front line

Travelodge is operating more than 40 hotels in key cities, from London to Edinburgh - with hotels close to hospitals so that NHS staff have somewhere to stay - with discounted rates. Travelodge has NHS workers arriving at different times throughout the day and night and maintains a constant supply of clean room, toiletries and open kitchens to fulfil their needs. 

What employees say about working there: The people I work with are great, my boss is everything you would want a boss to be; hardworking, fair and friendly. ” - Receptionist in Ludlow

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If your company has any innovative ways that it's supporting those on the front line, or has put in place some cool ways to support employees right now, let us know! Leave a review on Glassdoor today.

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