NEWS AND INSIGHTS
On December 10th, 2020, Women’s Empowerment Principles hosted their annual G7-EU Award Ceremony virtually. The ceremony highlights women’s economic empowerment, responsible business conduct, and the momentum towards achieving gender equality in 2020. VNDLY was featured as a leader during the ceremony as a result of our commitment to our employees’ well-being throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Read our feature in their article here.
Gender equality has been front of mind for VNDLY since our beginning. In 2019, we signed the UN Women’s Women Empowerment Principles pledge and developed a resource group to continue our efforts. Soon after, the pandemic turned the workplace we knew upside down. As our teams shifted to working from home, we knew we needed to develop a plan to support and empower them during this difficult time. Some of our initiatives included:
- Establishing more flexible work schedules to accommodate the unique needs of employees
- Empowering managers to collaborate on different ways to support direct reports
- Creating a pandemic support group
- Promoting wellness resources for varying employee needs
- Prioritizing team and individual virtual check-ins
- Providing inclusive team-building activities, like virtual yoga
Dominique Scibana, Employee Success Manager at VNDLY, piloted many of our initiatives. “The flexibility and wellness initiatives VNDLY put in place are not gender-specific or level specific, they are available to all employees, however, we quickly realized that caregivers were disproportionately affected by Covid-19. When quarantines were put in place, and people lost their support structure, we saw an impact, especially with parents. We pivoted to find additional ways to accommodate. Having calls interrupted by toddlers brought employees a little closer, and gave a deeper understanding of our workforce outside of work. It also broke the monotony of sequestered work life, and made people smile.”
We pride ourselves on our work from home culture and are constantly striving to improve our initiatives. Product Support Manager, Maggie, says, “One of the many things that drew me to VNDLY was the strong work from home culture. That remote culture and the people facilitated a transition to pandemic life and helped me keep perspective while my family adjusted to the new normal. School closures, remote learning, and gaps in child care have been stressful but I’ve never felt judged for everything on my plate, be it changing schedules or kids popping up on my video during a meeting. Beyond just acknowledging that we’re all juggling kids and work at the same time, the VNDLY team embraces our families.”
We are excited to continue our efforts towards gender equality as well as equity across the company. In 2021 we plan to grow our employee resource groups and relationships within minority communities as well as create new ones. We promise to always support and empower our teams, especially in the face of adversity.