Volunteer Tutoring: We quickly recognized that many Livongo families needed support facilitating remote learning and created the Livongo Tutoring Program. The Livongo Tutoring Program organizes employees from across the company who have a passion for helping students in their academic pursuits. Tutors can sign up for subjects or areas of interest, ranging from astronomy to arts and crafts. From there, families can review the tutoring resource list and reach out to tutors that best match their needs. After two months, we have received incredibly positive feedback from both our families and volunteers.
Remote Office Furniture Reimbursement: Reimbursement for ergonomic and job essential furniture was extended to the entire team during the mandatory remote work time period to help employees make their home offices more efficient. Taking the time to set up a workplace that is safe, comfortable, and limited from distractions is important for employees to help manage their time and well-being.
Livongo Spirit Weeks: We rolled out several themed events (e.g. Tropical Tuesday and Throwback Thursday), including contests for the best and the most creative home workstations, and shared photos of Livongans and their family members in company branded swag. A few creative employees even included their pets. This was a great way to bring everyone together.
Food Gift Certificates: During the pandemic, we decided to roll-out smaller programs to serve as another touchpoint with employees while also benefitting their families. With widespread business closures, we also wanted to support our local communities. We decided to send out gift cards and asked Livongans to spend the funds on their favorite local restaurants. Employees appreciated the opportunity to enjoy a meal with their loved ones while supporting their community – all sponsored by Livongo.
Yoga and Mindfulness: We knew that a handful of Livongans are also certified yoga instructors, and when the pandemic struck, we decided to host weekly video yoga sessions where folks could spend time re-centering, rejuvenating, and remembering to breathe. This program is widely utilized and a great way to connect employees who otherwise might not work together.
March Madness - Learning & Development Style: Despite the fact that the NCAA cancelled March Madness, our Learning & Development team challenged Livongans to take the time they would normally spend watching basketball to learn two new skills using the LinkedIn learning platform. We rolled out a range of resources on how to be successful in this new environment – including courses on remote-working, becoming a better manager, and applying creativity to our professional roles– and in the spirit of competition, we provided everyone with a 2020 Skills Bracket. We also provided personal development tools and insights in a central location to showcase career growth opportunities, performance evaluations, setting goals and tracking progress, and training options for professional and team development. Learning and development is a major initiative for Livongo’s People team, and our employees appreciated this fun and unique way to aid in their professional growth.
Bring Your Child to Work Day: As we continue to shelter-in-place and work remotely, our People team is focused on building programs that include families and introduce our children to where we work. Now more than ever, our families are able to see us in action, and we encourage employees to include their kids when possible, setting a positive example while providing a view into our professional lives. As part of our virtual Bring your Child to Work Day, we asked parents to allow their children to participate in internal and team calls and take part in the day. We also set aside fun virtual activities for our children and families.
Weekly Virtual Lunches: Multiple times a week, we send out calendar invites at lunch time and ask for our employees to virtually enjoy their meal with colleagues. We have one important rule for our virtual lunches: no business talk allowed. We want employees to connect on a personal level and share stories.
Game Nights: We created a fun forum for our employees to meet on weekends and enjoy virtual board games and other multiplayer games. We have some passionate gamers at Livongo who have done a great job of bringing their colleagues into the fold and sharing their interests and passions.
T-Shirts and Other Swag: We designed, “We Are All Remotie Nation” t-shirts and other new pieces of swag for people to enjoy while they are working remotely. Instead of simply sending this new swag to Livongo employees, we decided to send shirts to their families. Why? Because we are all in this together.
Community Impact Initiatives: Livongo is a strong supporter of the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, JDRF, and many other charitable organizations within our communities. In fact, last summer we set the record for the largest corporate team at the JRDF Ride to Cure Diabetes. Unfortunately, this year JDRF is unable to host the Ride to Cure Diabetes, but our team is finding creative ways to get involved. We continue hosting virtual spin classes to help people meet their fitness goals and stay connected with each other. We also provided a list of local charities and are actively encourage Livongans to volunteer virtually or provide financial contributions - no matter the size. We encourage folks to be more than just their work selves and contribute to causes they are passionate about.