Giving Back in Challenging Times and Offering a Great Place to Work

December 29, 2020 Jenna West

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sparklerThis year has transformed our daily lives, both in and outside of work, and we’ve all had to find innovative ways to tackle its challenges. To show our appreciation for everyone’s hard work, we wanted to give something back. 

Giving back 

We know that working from home can take its toll. That’s why in March, shortly after mass remote working came into practice, we began offering special editions of two of our Workhuman® Cloud products – Life Events® and Conversations® – free for any organization to use until March 2021 to help mitigate isolation during the COVID-19 disruption. We wanted to ensure that human moments, including those anchored in an office environment and those focused on family, don’t stop during times of crisis. In the first half of the year alone, more than 300,000 employees have taken advantage of our Conversations and Life Events offerings. 

We also wanted to show our appreciation for the extraordinary efforts of healthcare workers around the world who have been working tirelessly to keep us all safe during the pandemic. In April, we launched Thank You Healthcare, a global gathering place to share personal stories of thanks for, and appreciation of, healthcare workers, and to witness the local impact of humanity across the globe during this time of crisis. 

Finally, in May, we announced the launch of Moodtracker®, an always-free solution to help businesses stay in tune with the voice of their employees and act accordingly. Presented during the Workhuman® Livestream keynote, this tool allows organizations to easily keep a pulse on employees’ feelings. Further, leaders can then implement the recommended next steps to better understand their workforce, improve their culture, and achieve a higher level of employee engagement – something that has never been more vital than right now.  

Workhuman Certified 

If nothing else, this year has been a call to action for both organizations and professionals to create a more human-centric workplace where employees come first. It has given them an opportunity to be celebrated as positive, forward-thinking disruptors, eager to help drive change. We wanted to provide these progressive companies and their leaders, who are pioneering effective ways to create more human workplaces, with a clear path of action and a modern measure of what a great workplace looks like.  

So, in October, we unveiled our Workhuman® Certified program and accompanying Charter of Workplace Rights during our Workhuman® Live Online broadcast. Certified is a new, free way to recognize those organizations and individuals that are making a difference, and is designed to support and guide them in their commitment to shape the global future of work by focusing on nine essential employee rights. Becoming a Workhuman® Certified Professional or Enterprise is a public sign of commitment to progress toward a more human way of working, and we are delighted to already welcome Baystate Health, Cisco, and Schneider Electric to the program. 

A great place to work 

We don’t just preach that making work human is good for everyone – we also put it into practice. Our employees are at the heart of everything we do, and building an environment for them where they feel, happy, secure, engaged, and recognized for their hard work is paramount. We think they agree too, and several times over the past year we’ve been recognized as one of the best places to work in the world. 

At the very beginning of the year, before the coronavirus pandemic hit, we were honored on Built in Boston’s Best Place to Work List 2020. The online community for Boston start-ups and tech companies, Built in Boston selects its list based on information submitted by companies and their employees, looking at compensation data and employer benefits. We are thrilled to have joined such a prestigious list of companies that champion their workforce and put employees first. 

Next, we were recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Europe for 2020 by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on workplace culture. This marked the 13th year in a row that we have been recognized amongst its listings, and this year was particularly remarkable given today’s circumstances. We joined other organizations on the list that are leading the way amid the pandemic, demonstrating care for their employees, their customers, and their communities during this difficult time. 

As of early December, we have also been named one of The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work in Massachusetts in the medium-sized company category of its 13th annual employee-based survey project. This marks the seventh year that Workhuman® has been named on this prestigious list. Around the same time, we were also recognized at the Lotus Awards for Best Workplace Culture and, most recently, we made it onto the podium at the 2020 Engage Awards, where we took home the bronze medal for the Great Place to Work category. 

Thank you 

Over the course of this year, we have been faced with many seemingly insurmountable challenges. But these challenges, difficult as they may be, have only made us more motivated and the work we are doing even more important. So, thank you for joining us on our mission to make work a better place for all. We are far from finished, and we hope you continue along with us into 2021.  


2020: The Year of Keeping Work Human

About the Author

Jenna West

Jenna West is the global PR manager at Workhuman. When she’s not spreading the word about the power of recognition, Jenna is likely walking her bloodhound Stella or watching bad reality television.

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