In response to the unique emotional challenges our employees may be facing due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Friedman is pleased to share several new offerings—all geared toward helping our employees feel supported and connected.
Mental Health and Wellness
According to a study conducted in late June by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 40.9% of 5,470 survey respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning September 1, Friedman extended access to a valuable therapist service, Health Advocate, as part of the firm’s recently expanded benefits. This confidential program is designed for both employees and family members. This resource allows employees to speak with a Licensed Professional Counselor who can help them work through personal or family problems and achieve a healthier work/life balance.
Notably, employees may opt for free therapy sessions, paid for by Friedman. These sessions may also be used by family members and their dependents.
Some Benefits of Health Advocate:
Guidance in addressing:
- Relationship/family issues
- Job concerns
Access to expert healthcare services:
- Support medical issues
- Answer questions
- Research services
- Coordinate second opinions
Legal attorney services:
- Personal/family Law, adoption, divorce, child custody
- Criminal law, general law/civil law
- Real estate, tax/IRS matters
- Help find childcare centers near you
“The precautions needed to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic have been incredibly isolating,” an anonymous employee shared. “I truly appreciate working for a firm that recognizes and addresses the challenges their employees are facing by offering new benefits to help us get through these times.”
Connection Through Community
To give employees an extended opportunity to regroup and recharge, Friedman is closing its offices between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Also, In lieu of Friedman’s highly anticipated holiday party, employees will receive packages containing a Friedman branded, black North Face fleece and Amazon gift card.
“A ‘pandemic’ work day is totally different from a ‘regular’ day in the office. Of course, in-office work has its challenges, but remote working requires employees to navigate a dynamic where their personal and professional lives are merged,” said Harriet Greenberg, Co-Managing Partner. “These gifts are a small way of showing employees that we care,” added Fred Berk, Co-Managing Partner. “We also expanded a number of our benefits and wellness offerings to ensure that the firm can be a continued source of support for our employees in these challenging times.”
To learn more about how Friedman adapted its wellness offerings to effectively support our employees through the pandemic, head here.