Editor’s note: To accompany the video conversation with Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington, we’ve also included a blog outlining Walmart’s collaboration with the company. Look for the link in the Emotional well-being section below. For the most up-to-date information on how we’re supporting our associates click here.
April 24, 2020
By Donna Morris, Chief People Officer
I continue to be inspired by the way our associates show grace in the face of adversity, while also providing a vital service to their communities. Today, I wanted to share an update on how we’re supporting our associates, building on our ongoing focus to help them live better.
To give associates the flexibility and support they need to stay home if they’re sick or just uncomfortable coming to work, we rolled out our COVID-19 emergency leave policy last month. Since then, we’ve extended the policy through the end of May to continue supporting associates and giving them the flexibility to stay home.
For associates enrolled in a Walmart medical plan, we’ve also waived the $4 co-pay for our telehealth option, Doctor on Demand (DOD), and worked with other doctors on our plans to provide consultations via phone or video conference for associates and their families. DOD is available where our associates are, and it’s a germ-free option that allows for social distancing. An online COVID-19 assessment is included at no cost on the site as well.
We know in this difficult time, there is an increased need for emotional support. All associates and their family members – regardless of whether they’re on a Walmart medical plan – can receive support for emotional wellness through Resources for Living. This includes three behavioral counseling sessions at no cost and unlimited telephonic counseling. Resources for Living also provides free resources such as a coping with COVID-19 webinar series and information on how to help kids deal with COVID-19. In addition, through our work with Thrive Global, we’re offering all associates tools and tips from experts and other associates to deal with the stress that comes from this period of time.