How Indeedians got a monthly global holiday they didn’t know they needed
In May 2020, Indeedians received a very special update from our Senior Leadership team (SLT). Topics such as the importance of self care and mental health during this global pandemic have been discussed at length in monthly Q&A sessions with Indeed’s leadership, prompting one Indeedian to suggest a global company holiday. Leadership listened and we had our very first YOU day on May 22, 2020.
“Because of technology, the line that used to exist between work and life is really blurred or non-existent so you need to get to the point where you are managing someone’s performance by what they deliver. It’s not about the number of hours in the day they work,” Senior VP of HR, Paul Wolfe explained to the Irish Times recently.
“Also, right now we’re not in a normal working-from-home situation. We are in the midst of a pandemic and trying to work at the same time. This is not a normal WFH experience,” he added.
On top of dealing with the stress of a global pandemic, many of us are dealing with unique challenges, from living alone to balancing work and child care to managing pre-existing health conditions to processing racist and xenophobic acts of violence in our communities” said Chris Hyams, CEO for Indeed in a recent virtual Q&A.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Everyone is experiencing the effects of this pandemic differently, and a lot of people are suffering,” he adds.
“If there’s one comfort to take away from what’s going on, it’s that we’re not alone.”
Expanding YOU Day throughout 2020
Our first YOU day encouraged employees to take a well-deserved break to spend time with family, reconnect with loved ones, or just take the day for themselves. The feedback was so positive, we decided to extend these holidays right through to November, typically falling on a Friday or Monday in the third week of each month.
“I couldn’t believe how lucky we were…I feel so grateful to work for a company that prioritises the health and well being of their staff. I took full advantage of my recent YOU day, taking a trip to the Blue Mountains to get outdoors and explore,” National Account Manager, Sally in Sydney, explains.
In June, YOU Day fell on Juneteenth, an important date for African American freedom in the United States, allowing Indeedians to learn and reflect in light of the current racial unrest around the world.
Election Days across the globe have also been incorporated into the YOU day calendar so Indeedians can exercise their civic duty without having to adjust their work schedules.
Below are some examples of how YOU Days are allowing us to unplug and enjoy the important things in life outside of work.
Staying fresh beyond YOU Day
While many of us are missing out on those vital in-person connections with friends, families and colleagues that help us get through distressing times, there is always someone out there who understands what we’re going through or who is at least willing to listen. This includes our entire Senior Leadership team #insideindeed. They hear us, they feel for us, and they continue to offer solutions.
YOU days are in addition to Indeed’s open PTO policy, which allows Indeedians in good standing to take time off when needed without it counting against an accumulated number of leave days.
“The aim of paid time off is to get people to take more time off and, if they’re performing well and we can accommodate it, we encourage them to take the time before they hit the wall of really needing a break. We know people are happier, more productive and more engaged when they come back and we’ve still been able to manage our business effectively and meet our key performance indicators with paid time off in place,” Paul Wolfe said about the policy.
All this helps us be rested, refreshed and ready to help people get jobs.
Watch the video below to see all the ways Indeedians are taking advantage of their YOU Days.
Read more Indeedian stories on our #insideindeed culture blog.