The Woodland, Farmville’s premier retirement community, has enacted a second economic stimulus for its employees. The second stimulus package of $130,000 will be distributed to over 270 employees. The bonus includes all full-time, part-time and PRN employees.
This stimulus is based on the number of hours worked, so employees could earn up to 40 hours of bonus pay.
“The Woodland has so far remained COVID-19 free,” President/CEO of The Woodland Greg Cole said. “We want to recognize the staff responsible for that and have started calling them ‘Woodland Warriors’. We think they’re incredibly deserving of something uplifting during this difficult time.”
Staff members are appreciative.
“I love working here,” Medication Aide Tameka Freeman commented. “When your employer recognizes you with both moral support and financial assistance, that means a lot.”
The Woodland, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, started as a simple 60-bed nursing facility and now includes long-term nursing facilities, assisted-living units, independent living cottages and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility and wellness center. Through the years the ultimate goal has remained unchanged: community-focused care in a setting that feels like home.
“Helping our local economy and helping individuals in need is The Woodland way,” Cole said. “Our founders were all local business owners and professionals with a deep desire to serve the community.”
Staff members are encouraged to spend their bonuses with local businesses and nonprofits to help stimulate the economy and bolster local organizations. The Woodland’s first bonus in May that gave $100 to each employee added an estimated $30,000 back into the local economy.
Despite the increased cost of operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Woodland is committed to offering this “thank you” to its staff for rising to the challenges presented by the pandemic.