Be Well: The BrainPOP Approach to Employee Wellness and Well-Being
When I think about wellness at BrainPOP, I think about our most valuable asset: our people. That’s why the BrainPOP People Team leans heavily on two of our work values—lead with empathy, and learn and improve together—as we plan our annual wellness roadmap.
Our colleagues have experienced a lot during the last two years, including a pandemic, social injustices, and a shift to remote work, followed by a return to a new remote-first hybrid work environment—all while supporting the changing needs of our customers. Internal initiatives and external partnerships that contribute to a positive, holistic employee experience go a long way. These are some of my favorite success stories:
- Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee comprises volunteers from across departments. They advise company leadership on programming, initiatives, and volunteer opportunities that reflect our mission, vision, and values. Recently, we rolled out Brave Spaces—optional virtual gatherings where employees engage in dialogue about timely topics, share unique perspectives and experiences, and learn from and support one another.
- We leverage partnerships with Bravely (professional coaching), Ginger, and Talkspace (mental healthcare and therapy) to support employees when they need it most.
- Employees are encouraged to take time off whenever it aligns with their personal needs. We recently enhanced and expanded our time-off policy, moving away from accruals to a more flexible approach.
- We conduct quarterly engagement “pulse” surveys through Culture Amp to continuously measure employee engagement. This real-time data empowers us to create new employee-centric solutions that reaffirm our commitment to well-being.
There is no perfect science to creating wellness and well-being initiatives, but the first step is understanding that we have to look at both as a continuum. I recently checked in with a group of BrainPOP colleagues to learn how they prioritize wellness and well-being, and which resources and benefits help them thrive!
Daniela Pietrantoni, Talent Acquisition Coordinator
Marie Swepson, Senior Account Manager
Nicolina Abruzzese, Account Director
Julia Bailey, Copywriter
Casi Graddy-Gamel, Associate Director, Product Management
Sarah Mondestin, Content and Community Manager
Life moves quickly, and so do we. At BrainPOP, we’ll continue to learn and improve together, and keep empathy as our guiding light when it comes to promoting wellness and well-being. I encourage everyone to make both a priority every day.
Angelo Martin is HR Manager at BrainPOP.