The Safety of Our Community: Precautions We’re Taking at Workday

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, Workday is taking precautions to ensure the safety of the Workday community—including our employees and their families, customers and prospective customers, partners, and visitors. Read more about the steps we’re taking.

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March 23

In an effort to do our part to address the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve made donations to causes that are on the front lines of this crisis and to the communities that need our help. Additionally, we’ve provided our employees with tools and resources so they can do their part in supporting our communities. Our efforts include:

While these efforts are a good start, we know more work needs to be done. We’re all in this together, and we encourage others to join us in supporting our communities at this critical time.

March 16

At Workday, we have a set of core values that guide us, and our employees—without exception—are number one. We want to support and protect them during this challenging time so they can take good care of themselves, their loved ones, our customers, and communities.

As part of this, we have made the decision to extend our work from home guidance through April 17 for all our global office locations. In addition, we have announced several employee relief initiatives and benefits, including: 

  • A one-time payment—equivalent to two-weeks pay—for the majority of employees to help accommodate any unforeseen costs and needs at their discretion. With schools and support services moving to virtual experiences or being temporarily suspended, we know our employees need the additional financial support and flexibility. We hope this additional pay will help alleviate some of the pressures. You can read more about it in our financial disclosure

  • We are setting up a relief fund to help employees who may need additional support and have significant hardships that go above and beyond. 

  • We’re expanding our benefit from 10 to 15 days to help source and pay for back-up childcare providers. 

  • We’ve arranged one-year access to Headspace—a research-backed app that offers meditations on everything from stress and anxiety to focus and sleep. 

  • We expanded our paid sick leave policy for any employee who becomes infected with COVID-19. 

We feel that by taking care of our employees, we are in turn helping take care of our customers, who are relying on us during this difficult period. These are unprecedented times and we feel it’s important that we do what we can to protect and support our workforce and community.

March 11

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continuing to evolve, we have decided to expand our work from home guidance to now ask all Workday employees and contractors in our global locations to work from home through the end of March. We are doing so out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our employees and broader community. 

As we continue to navigate this situation, we will lean now—more than ever—on our core values and the strong culture we’ve built to collaborate more closely with each other and our community, helping our customers also feel supported during this time. We’re all in this together. 

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates on the precautions we’re taking.

March 9

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to rapidly evolve, our priority remains the safety of our community and doing our part to reduce the risk of it spreading. As such, we have decided to expand our precautionary measures to include asking employees and contractors in the Bay Area and Portland to work from home through March given the increasing number of cases in these areas. In addition, we are temporarily closing our Munich and New York offices, and will continue to keep our Milan, Seattle, and Seoul offices temporarily closed, with employees from those offices working from home. 

Our global employees are encouraged to work from home if they are not comfortable coming into the office or commuting. 

Our hourly site operations workers will continue to be paid for their standard work hours despite any reduction in schedules. 

We feel these recent changes are important in our efforts to protect our community as well as those around us. We will continue to be able to operate critical business functions to ensure we are supporting our customers and their organizations during this challenging time as well.

March 6

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, we are closely monitoring the situation and evaluating what travel and safety precautions we need to take to keep the Workday community—including our employees and their families, customers and prospective customers, partners, and visitors—as safe as possible. 

In addition to making our global sales kickoff meeting a virtual experience this past week so that all of our global sales colleagues could participate, we have decided to expand our policies to include new precautions through the end of March.

These include no internal business travel across international borders and no domestic business travel unless seen as business critical. In addition, as part of helping our workforce feel supported during this challenging time, we are encouraging employees to work from home if they do not feel comfortable being in the office or commuting, while also making sure business-essential functions continue to operate seamlessly. We will continue to evaluate company-wide and regional work from home requirements as the situation evolves. 

We will also continue to host small-scale events and meetings in our offices and offsite that are in line with our policies. And we’ll be asking our visitors and the community to apply the same travel and safety guidance we’ve provided our employees, including turning to a virtual experience where possible. 

We are closely monitoring the situation and will update our approach based on guidance from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local governments. 

Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted by the virus, and we will continue to do our part to minimize its spread. We appreciate your understanding and partnership in helping support the safety of the Workday community and everyone around us. 

Please continue to watch this space for any updates on the precautions we’re taking. 

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