Kathleen Hogan, Govt Vice President and Chief Human Sources Officer, shared the beneath communication as we speak with Microsoft staff.
I’m profoundly saddened by the horrific terrorist assaults in Israel this weekend and the atrocities we proceed to observe unfold. Along with the senior management group (SLT), I need to specific my deepest sympathy for many who have been killed, injured, misplaced family members, and all these impacted by this violence. Collectively we condemn this hatred and brutality. To everybody impacted, please know we’re all with you in our hearts and in our actions, and we’ll proceed to do every thing we will to assist you and maintain you secure.
The outpouring of assist from so lots of you worldwide is heartfelt and wanted now, and lots of of you might be asking how one can assist. For the reason that assaults unfolded on Saturday, now we have been centered on the security of our staff and their households in Israel and their general wellbeing. Many groups throughout Microsoft — together with our Disaster Administration Workforce — have been activated and are working to help staff. Our SLT is in direct contact with our native leaders in Israel and our worker communities, to supply assist and to know how finest to assist staff and their households throughout this unimaginable time.
Now we have almost 3,000 staff in Israel instantly impacted. Now we have Jewish staff world wide who’re additionally experiencing grief, concern and nervousness as hatred and vitriol improve. Now we have Palestinian staff globally who’re deeply involved for the security of their family members within the area and stand towards these acts of terrorism.
Now we have many assets to assist. Microsoft CARES offers psychological and emotional wellbeing packages. As well as, we’re responding shortly to assist these impacted by these tragic occasions, assessing their wants and offering advantages equivalent to including digital assist teams. We are going to proceed to hear and decide what different assets are wanted.
Microsoft Philanthropies has activated a giving alternative for eligible staff who want to assist aid efforts. Moreover, Microsoft’s Catastrophe Response is connecting with native organizations to assist first responders with digital expertise and companies and can assist as they obtain additional requests for help.
Microsoft staff present nice care, empathy and allyship for one another. Thanks for checking in in your colleagues, listening, and displaying assist. Thanks to the various staff in Israel volunteering to handle pressing group wants and leveraging their AI, cybersecurity, information and analysis experience to assist. And thanks to native management in Israel for coordinating efforts with the SLT and being there for our staff.
Throughout the corporate, allow us to stand collectively in our shared humanity.