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Volume 26 No. 182
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Warriors Promoting Good Mental Health For Employees

Warriors physician Dr. Robert Nied has "provided the franchise's more than 500 full-time employees much of the information they need to navigate an uncertain time," as he "fields numerous questions about mental health," according to Connor Letourneau of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Warriors VP/Human Resources Erin Dangerfield said, "We've learned a lot during this time period about how we can be successful virtually, and a big part of that is reminding everyone that we're in this together." Three times a week, the Warriors hold a "'wellness-in-place challenge' that awards staffers points and prizes for posting pictures to a Slack channel of such simple activities as walks, jogs, bike rides and TikTok dances." A couple of weeks ago, the Warriors "began setting up staffers with virtual volunteer opportunities," and such efforts have "helped employees manage the stress that the pandemic has heightened." During this time, Nied has "offered up tips on how to handle feelings of isolation." Warriors President & COO Rick Welts said, "Mental health has become a regular part of the discussion instead of the one part that I feel like people were afraid to talk about" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/22).