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OFF THE LEASH

Gratitude
returned

Why does it take big events to remind us that we're in this together and the health and well being of others affects all of us?
It always has. Maybe we've lost sight of that occasionally or
failed to communicate that the health and well being of others
is important to us.
A worldwide pandemic certainly amplifies that fact and
many companies I've spoken with are rising to the challenge
by not only expressing but demonstrating that they value
their employees and understand that their health and well being affects the viability of the company and the community
as a whole.
Caring about each other's well being is circular. Being appreciated and valued has long been at the top of the list of
what we humans want and desire. How simple it is then to
energize, motivate and support each other with a little bit of
expressed gratitude, appreciation and genuine concern.
Businesses in the pet food and treat industry are demonstrating through decisions and actions that the employees
who make it possible for the company to exist are what is valued most. Some companies are providing masks and sanitation supplies not only for each employee but enough for their
households. Many businesses are showing employees that the
company understands they have many responsibilities in addition to their jobs. Companies are adjusting sick leave policies to allow employees time to recover from illness or care
for family members.
Business leadership teams are opening the lines of communication to explain the expanded protocols designed to keep
employees safe and also to answer questions and receive feedback from the employees. Businesses are acknowledging the
emotional toll the pandemic upheaval has caused and making mental health resources available to those who need assistance. Katie Evans, external affairs manager at Mars Petcare,
St. Louis, Mo., said the company is adopting policies to protect employee health, provide extra
flexibility to manage quarantine situations, and deal with the anxiety and
impact created by the pandemic.
If you've ever raised a teenager and
relied on Love and Logic as a guide,
you'll remember that sincere empathy
is the point from which all things good
start. This is where appreciation and gratitude come full circle
and present opportunity. Speaking to CNBC recently, Mark
Cuban said how companies treat workers during this pandemic could define their brand for decades.

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Contributing Editors:

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Jordan Tyler
Kristen Putch
Donna Berry
Lynn Petrak
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Jennifer Barnett Fox
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