Salesforce Workplace Retreat – A work and mental health getaway

One of the best companies to work for in Silicon Valley is Salesforce. It has been at the forefront of offering its employees a pleasant place to work, flexible hours and an IT service that, very early on, offered its users a choice of tools to work with to make their work more productive.

You can add a corporate retreat to this list now, as the company recently signed an agreement for a new work center for employees in Scotts Valley, California, which they call Trailblazer Ranch. Scotts Valley sits southwest of San Jose and is nestled in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. It is 15 minutes from the beaches of Santa Cruz, CA and not far from the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz. It’s described as an interim location because Salesforce is looking for a long-term site to use in the future.

Today the site is known as 1440 Multiversity, a previously established retreat center. It is on the old campus of the University of Bethany.

I know this site well because it was the home of the original Bethany Bible College when I was growing up. My father was a minister connected with the organization behind this college and hosted many of his Hawaiian students at our weekends when they came to Bethany for their ministerial degrees. Its surroundings in this redwood forest are beautiful and serene and provide an excellent place of learning for many.

This center will be Salesforce’s site for employee onboarding, training and socialization and will offer yoga, art journalism and meditation sessions. According to Mr. Brent Hyder, president and chief human resources officer of Salesforce, “We will collaborate with 1440 Multiversity to develop employee engagement programs, applying our research and joint learnings to future programs. Starting in March, we will organize onboarding, trainings, skills building and talent development , bringing our employees together to connect in person.”

Katie Denbo, Senior Director of Marketing Strategy for 1440 Multiversity adds, “A compelling element of the Trailblazer Ranch at 1440 Multiversity is the strategic partnership we create together to conduct case study research. Programs are selected and designed with the intention of shaping best practices in corporate social responsibility; this research case study will culminate in a toolkit for leadership, social change and flourishing, and produce materials for publication and public availability so that leaders and managers can optimize health and the human performance of their teams. The research will develop and improve best practices in corporate culture, fair action, community engagement, corporate social responsibility and employee well-being to ultimately build better companies and ensure that the next generation of changemakers are more connected and socially responsible. responsible for promoting and deepening academic connections to health and human performance so that individuals, organizations and communities can flourish.”

This event site includes 140 suites, a common dining room, an amphitheater and foyers.

“We know flexibility is the way to go. But we also know we need to align our business with our culture and come together safely, in person,” Salesforce President Brent Hyder wrote in a blog post. “Since the start of the pandemic, we have onboarded tens of thousands of remote employees. These employees have never met their manager or their teams in person. And many of our current employees have not seen their colleagues in person. person for two years Finding ways to connect is the first thing Salesforce employees have asked for in our latest employee survey. We need to bring back the spontaneity and joy that comes from being together in person now.

Mr. Hyder’s comprehensive comments on his blog reflect Salesforce’s deeper understanding of employee well-being.

Their mental health has been a fundamental tenet of their business philosophy from the start. After two years of working from home for most employees, they will begin to use this facility as a way to bring many of their employees together again and use it to deepen their teams’ working relationships.

Mr. Hyder says this retirement partnership with 1440 Multiversity is an interim deal.

However, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told the Wall Street Journal last year that he eventually hopes to build a ranch inspired by Disneyland and its saturation of corporate culture.

Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything festival recently, Benioff said that, “In the wake of Covid-19, business leaders will look to the past and to the future to create new models of working. In the case of Salesforce, he saidwhich includes the possible purchase of a large property to be used for team and culture development activities, as well as employee orientation and training sessions. »

“We may be looking at buying a big piece of land, maybe a big ranch in the United States or some other kind of land where we can build the next generation of Crotonville“, Mr Benioff said in an interview with Journal editor Matt Murray, referring to the New York State campus which General Electric Co. built in 1956 as its epicenter of culture and training.

Mr. Benioff and Mr. Hyder clearly understand that we cannot go back to our normal post-pandemic past and need to start thinking much differently about how their employees work. This suggests that they continue to make better mental health a core part of their current and future employee practices.

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