How Workday Recovers Stronger

Impact Employer Workday reaffirms its commitment to put people first by distributing emergency funds to cover any unforeseen costs due to the pandemic, expanding access to back-up childcare, and providing free mental health support services to employees.

Published aug. 19, 2020


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This is an unprecedented year that’s presenting new challenges and opportunities, and requiring organizations to pivot in unforeseen ways.

Whether it’s the impacts of COVID-19 or witnessing the social and racial injustices that have long existed, Workday remains committed to standing for what is right and just, and to putting people first. In fact, Workday was founded with a set of core values, with employees being the top priority since day one.

When COVID-19 began to spread globally, Workday took immediate action to support employees and its broader community, including: asking the majority of employees to work from home early on; providing a one-time payment equivalent to two weeks’ pay to the majority of employees to cover any unforeseen costs due to the pandemic; expanding access to back-up childcare; and providing free access to a meditation app to support employees’ mental health.

As we look ahead to recovery, Workday remains dedicated to closing the opportunity divide in a number of ways.

Opportunity Onramps® is a movement dedicated to creating economic opportunity for all. This workforce development program provides training, internships, and job opportunities for nontraditional candidates from diverse backgrounds. The company also hosted its sixth annual Workforce Week™ this year, which welcomed hundreds of employee volunteers who donated their time and professional skills to support job seekers.

Other initiatives that support its people-first approach to enabling inclusive opportunities for all include impact grants through the Workday Foundation and its tech-for-good partnership with Opportunity@Work. To truly achieve economic opportunity for all, racial equity must also be achieved—and Workday is committed to being a supportive part of that solution.

Fostering an equitable future and closing the opportunity divide by creating onramps to thriving-wage careers is more important than ever—and requires that we all come together to address critical issues—like racial equality and injustice—head on. We’re grateful for the opportunity to further our commitment by standing alongside other leaders who share our people-first approach to business to help build a better, healthier, and more inclusive future together.

Carrie Varoquiers, president, Workday Foundation & vice president, Global Impact & Employee Life, Workday

Recover Stronger mobilizes Impact Employers to create a more equitable economic recovery by prioritizing the well-being and advancement of the people who make their companies run. Its focus is on those who have faced the greatest challenges in the COVID-19 crisis, particularly frontline workers, people of color, and low-income people.