EVRAZ offers psychological assistance to employees during COVID-19 pandemic
EVRAZ plc (“EVRAZ” or the “Company”) is offering psychological assistance to its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to caring for the physical health of employees and their families, EVRAZ is carefully assessing the possible mental impact of the preventative measures being undertaken amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
EVRAZ currently has more than 4,500 employees working remotely. All staff remuneration plans have also been implemented, including the payment of the annual bonus based on the 2019 results and salary indexation.
As of March 2020, EVRAZ has undertaken additional measures aimed at supporting the wellbeing and mental health of its employees during the pandemic:
The corporate website has been updated with a special page containing information about COVID-19 (https://www.evraz.com/en/covid-19/) and the actions that the Company is taking amid the pandemic. The page provides phone numbers for 24/7 corporate hotlines if employees have questions or encounter problems. EVRAZ North America has engaged external providers for this purpose.
Employees receive regular emails on topics such as how to deal with stress and anxiety; effectively manage remote teams; handle conflicts at home; and organise children’s education and entertainment; as well as the importance of leisure time amid self-isolation and other restrictions.
Virtual meetings with senior management are being held, allowing any employee to participate and ask questions.
Corporate challenges are regularly being set to promote positive change. As part of the “We Do Not Risk” social media challenge, for every post by participants, EVRAZ is providing antiseptic and masks to doctors at municipal hospitals in Nizhny Tagil, Kachkanar, Novokuznetsk and Mezhdurechensk. The “What I Will Do After Self-isolation” challenge allows employees to share their thoughts and improve their outlook by seeing what colleagues are planning.
The PR function is sending newsletters to inform employees about the Company’s actions to deal with the virus, as well as global and local events.
In addition to these measures, the IT and HR functions are conducting regular employee surveys to learn about their experience of working remotely, any technical or personal problems, what help is needed from the Company, and what can be improved.
The surveys have found that one of the main factors helping employees to remain engaged and motivated is the awareness that they are doing an important job and generating value for the Company. Most survey respondents also noted that EVRAZ is doing an excellent job of organising remote work.
EVRAZ continues to do everything in its power to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and minimise its impact on the health and wellbeing of employees.