The transition to working from home was easier in some ways than others. Reducing your daily commute from your bedroom to your kitchen table? Easy. Juggling work and child care at the same time during a global health crisis? Challenging. Salesforce expanded its benefits to help its employees, especially parents, find their balance. And, we didn’t forget about the fun!
Every year, we organize bring your kids to work days in many of our offices. While the pandemic provided a formidable obstacle this year, we still wanted to keep the tradition alive. Our Employee Engagement and Events team had a creative solution: A virtual week-long program full of sessions available in six different languages and across all time zones. “Our goal was to create engaging and informative quality content for kids to make parents’ lives just a little bit easier. We wanted kids and parents to be able to choose from a wide variety of sessions according to their interests, time zones, and language preferences,” explains Courtney Loomis, Director of Employee Events. The plan was set, all we needed to do was to create about 100+ sessions to delight, entertain, and educate our Salesforce kids. Easy, right?
Creating the sessions was only possible with the help of a special resource – our fantastic employees. Nearly 50 employees volunteered to host more than 180 sessions (143 hours of content), on topics like beekeeping, coding, Zumba, singing, and more. We also had a special story time session with our executives and daily giving back challenges. Overall, more than 5,000 kids participated.
So what motivated our employees to take time out of their busy days to share their knowledge, create and host those sessions and entertain their colleagues kids?