Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, commemorating the work of this inspirational civil rights leader. This is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, encouraging community volunteerism.
Throughout the year, city staff host many volunteer events that engage our residents in city programs, like beach cleanups, the literacy program, emergency preparedness and the senior nutrition program. Creating these opportunities to serve the community is summarized in this quote from Dr. King:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’.”
Since my last report out, we’ve had 42 new positive COVID-19 cases, including 7 workplace exposures.
Public meetings will continue to be virtual through at least Feb. 10.
We are also asking everyone who can telecommute to work with your supervisors to do that.
Please, no in-person meetings at this time.
If you are not able to telecommute, please mask up and keep your distance from others. You can contact your supervisor if you’d like an N95 mask to wear at work.
Review the COVID-19 staff Q&A for the latest workplace policies.
Taking care of yourself
As we approach the third year of COVID-19, I want to emphasize the importance of self-care. Everyone has been affected differently by the pandemic, but we have all been affected. Wellness resources like the Employee Assistance Program and online trainings are available to all full and part time employees, and I encourage you to take advantage of them.
Your feedback is important
Thank you to those who have already filled out the employee engagement survey. If you haven’t already, please spend some time to fill it out today. The final deadline Jan. 31.
You may be asked to provide your employee ID and last name, but all responses are anonymous and will be analyzed by a third-party called GP Strategies.
Stay safe and I’ll be back next week with a video update.
Miss my last update? Read it here.