Disability Employment Awareness Month at Mediavine

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Hi, I’m Farryn, the People Operations Partner here at Mediavine. In this role I assist in the efforts of employee engagement and human resource-related functions.

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Today I’m on the blog to share a few of the ways Mediavine is a great place to work.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Enacted in 1945, NDEAM promoted employment opportunities for people with disabilities and had two primary goals: to recognize people with disabilities as part of the team in their workplaces and to provide education to the public regarding the historic obstacles to employment for people with disabilities.

Here at Mediavine we’re committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce and believe that people from all backgrounds should feel supported and included in their work environments.

While advances have been made since NDEAM’s enactment 76 years ago, those who identify as having disabilities still struggle to find sufficient work, both in the US and worldwide.

61 million adults in the US live with a disability.

As a remote workforce since the beginning, Mediavine gives people who may have a hard time finding steady employment in an in-office environment, like those with disabilities, the opportunity to reach their career goals without having to worry about the challenges of reporting to an office.

While many disabilities are physical, there is an increasing emphasis on supporting mental health in the workplace.

At Mediavine we have a growing wellness program which is increasing mental health opportunities for our employees.

Employer practices are ways that businesses can be more inclusive of people with mental health conditions. Our initiatives include:

  • Mindful Mondays — Stretch & Release sessions focusing on de-stressing practices and breathing exercise
  • High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts encouraging body movement for those interested and able as well as supporting connection amongst employees
  • Mental Health Days — Every Mediavine employee receives 5 mental health days per year, and Mediavine employees have taken advantage of 172 of these days year-to-date.
  • Employment Assistance Program w/ Optum — a comprehensive resource for employee assistance in health, personal, family or work-related challenges

From providing specially requested equipment based on individual needs to utilizing work platforms that have additional support features (such as subtitles for meetings) to being intentional about mental wellness offerings, our practices serve as an effort to support our employees in all ways.

We will continue to develop opportunities and resources that support every employee because everyone has the human right to work.

(Yes, we’re hiring!)

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