As we think about this year's theme for International Women's Day, "Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world," we are reflecting on the disproportionate effect the pandemic had on women in the workplace. In September alone, a staggering 80% of the 1.1M people who left the workforce were women.
While all Knockstars came together during these challenging times, we especially want to recognize the leadership of three incredible women on our Talent and Culture team—Terra Soloski, Head of Talent and Culture; LeeSa Lyons, Culture Captain; and Beth Marceau, Talent Lead. They trail-blazed initiatives designed to ensure that all of us at Knock had the resources we need to balance our families and careers, including:
100% REMOTE MODEL
Since 2015, we have and continue to be uniquely positioned as a 100% remote organization. We did not and do not require Knockstars to go into any office.
We offer flexible work schedules to accommodate personal changes as a result of the pandemic. We also created "Summer Hours," so our Knockstars could take time for themselves and their families every Friday.
During shelter-in-place orders and distanced learning, we began "Knockschoolers" weekly Zooms to introduce our children to each other and foster social interaction.
COMPUTER LENDING PROGRAM
Remote learning has been a massive change for many. To support our Knockstars' children, we offered computers for remote-learning.
To help our Knockstars with early COVID-19 detection and overall health awareness, we offered WHOOP fitness bands to track and measure wellness trends.
We expanded our $1,000 per year training and development reimbursement to also cover mental health costs for our employees.
We encouraged those who needed additional support to contact our employee assistance program (EAP) for counseling. Over the holidays, we also offered our Knockstars $200 each to put towards food and groceries.
Thank you, Terra, LeeSa, and Beth! Your courage and commitment has been nothing short of inspiring.