Kimball creates care program, fund for employees

From Local Sources

Kimball International has been taking swift action to proactively safeguard and support people whose normal way of life is being impacted by COVID-19, according to a press release sent today by the Jasper company.

For its employees, Kimball has set up an internal task force to manage both a proactive approach and its companywide response plan, and last week, launched a global hotline and a dedicated internal website to direct employees’ questions, provide easily accessible facts and escalate issues.

Across the company, Kimball has instituted new policies, including:

• Asking all professional roles capable of working from home to do so, and temporarily closing our showroom locations for at least the next two weeks.

• Restricting all non-essential business travel, and encouraging employees to limit personal travel based on new CDC guidelines.

• Introducing more stringent guidelines to limit visitors at Kimball locations.

For manufacturing employees, Kimball announced two programs to support them:

• A Special Care Program to provide up to two weeks of paid leave for employees that are considered higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

• A Manufacturing Employee Fund that will provide financial support to employees facing hardships caused by this issue.

Kimball has also educated all employees on health and safety measures to keep themselves safe based on CDC guidelines, and have enhanced cleaning procedures at its facilities across the globe. The company will continue to evaluate and implement measures to best support employees, according to the press release.

For customers

According to Kimball, customer relationships are at the core of what tey do, and they will continue to work diligently to keep communication open and honest, and to work through any unique customer situations. They have quickly activated their business continuity plans to minimize the impact customers will experience in the day-to-day operations of business.

For the community

Kimball International is also deeply committed to supporting the local community as we face this crisis together, and Kimball is working with local authorities. Giving back to communities is an integral part of the company's value system, and Kimball intends to lead by example in caring for the community. At this time, Kimball has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the company, but is taking these actions now because company leaders feel it is it the right thing to do. Kimball is also working as quickly as possible, despite the rapidly changing environment, to make thoughtful, informed decisions that best support employees, customers and the community, and hope to be able to share additional updates on that as soon as they can. According to the news release, the company has a rich history of banding together to help each other through crisis, and is confident together we will once again rise to that challenge.

About the Special Care Program

Kimball International is allowing manufacturing employees who are considered to have a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 to stay home from work for up to two weeks. To ease financial concerns over this time away from work, qualifying employees will be granted paid leave for up to two weeks with pay and benefits.

About the Manufacturing Employee Fund

For employees that do not fall into higher risk categories, Kimball is encouraging them to stay home if they are sick, and to self-isolate as recommended by CDC. Today Kimball announced the Manufacturing Employee Fund, a dedicated fund that will provide financial support to employees facing hardships caused by this issue.

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