MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Covid-19 infection levels shatter records nationwide due to the surge of the Omicron variant, numerous companies, school systems and organizations face pushback from workers mandated to return to work in person. Top-10 national mortgage lender Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, however, continues to allow its employees to choose whether to return to the office or not.
“Fairway implemented a work-from-home policy immediately after Covid hit in March of 2020,” said Julie Fry, Fairway’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We’ve continued to assure our teammates that the decision to return to the office is theirs and theirs alone.” More than 80 percent of Fairway employees continue to work from home.
Fairway’s dedication to prioritizing its employees’ safety and health also encompasses several innovative wellness initiatives. Fairway made pro-grade exercise machines available to employees with more than a year of service, enabling them to work out at home, and the company distributed 5,828 machines at a cost of $19.6 million. Fairway also offers virtual fitness classes for employees and their families, as well as parenting webinars and extensive mental health resources.
“The flexibility that Fairway has shown in allowing employees to return to the office or remain at home has greatly reduced stress,” said Amy Slotnik, SVP at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. “Knowing that going back to the…