Family-Friendliest Award: Organizations Seek to Be the Calm in the Storm for Employees During Pandemic

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By Steven Ross Johnson | October 8, 2020

For places like Marimn Health, addressing the needs and well-being of their more than 200 employees was a key component to handling the fiscal pressures caused by COVID-19.

Located on an Indian reservation and owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Idaho-based health system had established an employee benefits program that provided workers and their families a number of supports to address stress, anxiety issues or financial concerns well before the pandemic.

But as the threat of COVID-19 led to schools closing throughout the area, Marimn considered hiring its own teachers who could provide a makeshift school for employees’ children.

“If we could take that stress off of our employees so they could be here and perform better, that idea was absolutely on the table,” said Stacey Dunn, human resources director at Marimn.

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