Which companies are going the extra mile for employees during coronavirus? Part one

We shine a light on the effort businesses have made, big and small, to support their staff and the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter, London

Remote changes at Twitter have led CEO Jack Dorsey to announce that the company will support employees who wish to continue working from home ‘forever’.

The company plans to keep its offices open to staff when restrictions are lifted but, a spokesperson added, reopening “won’t be a snap back to the way it was before.”

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), London

Defra has begun a pilot trial of Neyber’s financial wellbeing service to support 23,800 civil servants across the UK. The service covers money basics, credit budgeting, debt consolidations, and access to webinars and podcasts to help promote healthier financial understanding.

iHASCO, Bracknell

eLearning provider iHASCO has made its Mental Health Awareness and Infection Prevention & Control training programmes free to all key workers across the UK. The training includes two variations of the courses specifically designed for care professionals.

Central England Co-operative, Lichfield

Employees of the Central England Co-operative will be paid an extra week’s pay in June for their efforts on the frontline of coronavirus. The bonus applies to the 7,800 employees in store, distribution, and in Co-op Funeralcare stores, and will also see employee discount doubled to 20% until the end of the bonus month.

Safestyle, Bradford

Safestyle and British Gas employees have been supporting Costa Coffee with the transport and delivery of 55,000 cakes. Bringing a little pick-me-up to small community organisations the free cakes have been delivered across seven regions in the UK.

Aldi UK, Atherstone

Supermarket chain Aldi has entered into a partnership with Mental Health UK in order to improve support for 33,000 employees.

Complimenting the company’s existing Wellness Programme, the partnership will aim to change employees’ perception of mental health and help them to have open conversations about their wellness.

Food and Drink North East (FADNE), Newcastle

After finding between 750 and 1,850 jobs could be lost in the region’s food and drink sector across 160

Producers, FADNE launched the Local Heroes online food market to promote, sell and deliver hampers of regional produce from affected businesses.

A 10% contribution from each order is being contributed to a ‘community fund’ to help support the most vulnerable people in the area.

PwC, Belfast

To help serve increased demand, professional services firm PwC offered 40 volunteer staff to help man

helplines at Advice NI and Age NI. Volunteering was aided by Northern Ireland’s Business Response Network which was set up to link business support to key needs in the community.

The Niche Group, Newport

Indicative of many efforts cropping up around the country, Welsh financial advisory Niche has introduced an employee mental health and wellbeing scheme.

Following the introduction of Your Niche and a comprehensive Mental Health Policy in early May, the employer has also signed the Time to Change Wales pledge, which aims to destigmatise mental health on a national scale.

Check back tomorrow for part two of this article exploring positive news for employees across the country.

This piece appears in the May/June 2020 print issue. Subscribe today to have all our latest articles delivered right to your desk