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People growing isolated as they work from home. Children’s education gaps from school closings. Long-term COVID symptoms. The COVID-19 pandemic spawned major life shifts with lasting psychological effects. Abt employees weren’t immune to the impact of disruptions of life patterns. So, we continued to offer a wide variety of resources for all of our employees. And our staff used this critical support extensively.

Our Support Resources

CCA Inc. provides an array of employee assistance for Abt staff. Its website outlining services is available globally. CCA offers wellness seminars and well-being events. Many employees sought clinical assistance for issues such as stress and anxiety. In addition, CCA counseled Abt staff on work-life issues ranging from childcare to legal issues to elder care.

CCA also provides behavioral health support for employees when local events occur, from severe weather events such as Hurricane Ian to shootings such as the mass shooting of Asian Americans in California and the murder of Tyre Nichols. The company sent staff a long list of important links to contact before, during, and after Hurricane Ian. Abt sponsored two support groups after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade abortion decision. The topics of webinars ranged from the future of work after the pandemic and how to care for the caregiver to embracing happiness and workday workouts.

In 2022, we renewed our WELL Health Safety certification. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and facility types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement, and emergency plans. Corporate Services documented activities to support building safety and cleanliness. Total Rewards documented our COVID safety protocols, other emergency preparedness programs, and our health service resources (sick leave policies, comprehensive health benefits, support for mental health recovery, etc.). We also reported our stakeholder engagement and communication work to promote health and well-being.

Our offices in Australia and the United Kingdom also offer an array of services. Behavioral health help is available from a variety of providers, including Indigenous providers, for everything from emotional stress and interpersonal conflict to drug use issues, financial difficulties, and bereavement.

The Well-being@Abt Employee Networking Group

In FY23, Well-being@Abt focused on providing opportunities for staff to explore different mental health practices, hear from leaders about their experiences with mental illness, and begin conversations around burnout and how to prevent it. One highlight: the new leave policy under which U.S. staff gets five weeks off regardless of tenure. In a change from the past, the policy doesn’t allow carryover of time off to the following year. This approach encourages vacations for a healthy work-life balance.

Global Benefits

With equity as our cornerstone, in 2022 we prioritized improving our global benefits for our employees around the world. We implemented a consolidated health benefits strategy that includes a consistent minimum benefit package and minimum level of health coverage. We will continue to focus on an equitable approach to benefits.

Safeguarding at Abt

Abt continued its safeguarding efforts with a refreshed policy that outlines our approach to preventing and responding to harm to our staff, those we serve, and communities where we work. Abt is committed to the following principles:

  • We will take a survivor-centered approach. We are committed to a human rights-based approach to ensure that we consider survivors’ rights and needs first.
  • We are committed to action. We will respond to all reports, concerns, or allegations in a fair, reasonable, and timely way in accordance with Abt’s Investigations Policy.
  • Prevention is a shared responsibility. We will develop safeguarding strategies with appropriate levels of dedicated capacity and resources at all levels of the organization to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment. We expect everyone to contribute to a safe environment.
  • We are committed to an intersectional approach to safeguarding. We strive for equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work, so we recognize that exploitation and abuse are fundamentally grounded in inequality, often gender inequality, and the intersection of gender with other forms of inequality, including race, migration status, socio-economic status, age, sexual identity, gender identity, and disability.
  • We are committed to accountability and transparency. We will ensure high-level oversight and accountability around our safeguarding efforts.

Nothing is more important than the safety of our staff and the people with whom we work. We ground all of our activities in an environment that is physically, psychologically, and emotionally safe in all settings.

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