Putting Employees First During COVID-19

By Steven Jung

Photo by Gina Coleman via Weedmaps

Where we’re at with COVID-19

We’re now over five months into the global pandemic affecting our day-to-day lives. It can be easy and even tempting to let our guards down in a situation that lasts for this long, even one as dangerous as COVID-19. To protect our employees, their families, and the community at large, Weedmaps has taken steps to encourage and implement safety measures during and beyond the pandemic.

Elevating employee quality of life

Our IT and Workplace teams have been working hard to ensure employees have the equipment they need to work from home. And beyond equipment, making sure they have the necessary tools, such as professional work from home tips and virtual meditation sessions.

Photo by Gina Coleman via Weedmaps

Together, virtually

We want to make sure that the time that we spend in our virtual offices also includes the opportunity to celebrate and engage with one another outside of work. Our Workplace and People teams have been spearheading virtual events to bring employees together to have fun and connect as a team. Each month, we host a company-wide Happiest Hour that comes complete with a special theme and a special DJ. During, employees chat with each other across departments and distances in our Slack #the-happiest-hour channel. There’s also a weekly, themed BINGO game that’s incredibly competitive and provides hilarious, pro-level trolling.

Growing our communications

Upon switching to working from home, our executive suite and employees have found new ways to communicate and keep our people informed, including weekly update videos from the company’s senior leadership team. Our quarterly All Hands meetings have also made a successful transition to being fully virtual. Individual teams have weekly happy hours to stay connected outside of work-focused meetings. And the C-Suite extended office hours to all employees to discuss anything from career paths to how the pandemic affects our lives or the Weedmaps business.

Looking ahead

Protecting our employees, their families, and the communities we live in is our top priority. While the world continues to adjust to life during COVID-19, Weedmaps remains conscious of the pandemic and active in mitigating any risks to our people. Through thoughtful leadership, engaged employees, and readily available information and tools, we are all doing our parts to flatten the curve and keep people protected. We hope everyone stays safe out there.

Weedmaps is a community where businesses and consumers can search and discover #cannabis products.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store