A deep dive into Whirlpool Corporation’s wellness perks, programs and benefits

The appliance giant’s global benefits leader shares insights on how to meaningfully support employee well-being amid—and beyond—COVID-19.

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Whirlpool's wellness programs

Providing meaningful care for more than 77,000 employees is no small feat.

Yet that is the task before Tonya Finley-Gaskill, Whirlpool Corporation’s senior manager of global benefits. She and her team of five craft policies and programs that support the emotional, physical and financial needs of Whirlpool employees. Right now, much of that work is geared toward upholding morale amid COVID-19.

Whirlpool’s manufacturing operations in the U.S. were deemed essential and thus never fully shut down. Many employees based at its global headquarters in Benton Harbor, Michigan, have been working remotely since March, and Finley-Gaskill reports that Whirlpool “right now is still very much a remote work company.”

Finley-Gaskill said her team has pivoted their wellness programs and priorities to address issues related to COVID-19.

“Given the current environment, we are seeing a significant interest in mental and financial resources and support,” she says. “Telemedicine is another growing focus as people haven’t been able to see their physicians or may be afraid to make an appointment.”  

Finley-Gaskill adds that Whirlpool Corporation’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and other financial assistance programs have recently taken center stage.

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