Our Response to COVID-19
From all of us, to all of you.
Across the world, Leidos employees are navigating the impacts of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus and supporting our federal customers in their response to the pandemic. As this public health emergency continues to develop, Leidos’ primary focus is on the health and safety of our employees, their families and the communities where they work and live. Equally important is our commitment to our customers’ missions and executing the important work we do in our defense, intelligence, health and civil markets.
Leidos has convened a multi-functional working group to monitor and respond to the outbreak. The working group is closely following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as national and local authorities in the regions where we perform work for our customers.
We are advising our employees to stay informed and are sharing the latest information regarding what they can do to protect themselves, their families and their communities from the transmission and impacts of the virus. We have restricted business travel to mission-essential only and have advised employees to monitor and follow WHO, CDC, national and local authority recommendations for limiting personal travel.
As a large company with a geographically dispersed workforce, Leidos has the infrastructure and broad capabilities to support telework, where feasible, for employees who may be affected by the virus. Where telework may not be feasible, we are assessing impacts and developing contingency plans for affected employees and programs. As a provider of large, complex solutions to our customers, Leidos is also working with our suppliers and subcontractors to assess any potential impacts they may have on our customers’ programs and missions.
As this situation continues to evolve, Leidos will be there every step of the way. Our focus will always remain on supporting our customers and strengthening their mission for the global population.
Roger A. Krone
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Supporting our People
In March of 2020, Leidos was opening a state-of-the-art global headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Shortly after, we adapted to an evolving crisis with agility – quickly shifting to remote work for many employees and prioritizing health and safety above all. Our committed employees’ resolve during this challenging time is a source of pride and inspiration for us.
Long before the World Health Organization's Director-General declared COVID-19 a global pandemic during the March 11 press briefing, Leidos was engaged in working the problem. Company leadership established a coronavirus working group (CVWG), which has grown into a cross-company effort to act aggressively, yet thoughtfully based on real-time assessments of the challenges the pandemic presents for people and the Company. This group of individuals from various functions came together in the spirit of collaboration to help navigate the enterprise through the myriad of challenges the company has faced. Their diligent efforts set the company on a path to safeguard the health and safety of Leidos employees and the company’s facilities. Some of the immediate actions Leidos took included:
- Establishing a regular cadence of COVID-related communications to employees through direct messages from leaders. CEO Roger Krone began a weekly video series to inform and engage employees. This series has now evolved to a biweekly video that provides updates on COVID-19, as well as other pertinent company information.
- Significantly increased teleworking, flexible work and remote work for thousands of employees normally at Leidos or customer facilities. We also implemented the use of virtual technology for hosting the Leidos New Employee Orientation (NEO), as well as for conducting job interviews.
- Established multiple benefits including Pandemic Paid Sick Leave to help with the burden of having to quarantine due to COVID-19 infection or providing support and care to a family member.
- Provided monetary support through the Leidos Relief Foundation and the Keith W. Redding Memorial Fund, set up to honor the memory of the first Leidos employee to succumb to COVID-19.
- Stood-up a dedicated Pandemic/Disease page, available to all employees, on the Company’s intranet, Prism. The CVWG continuously updates this page with new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on travel guidance, facilities closure and subsequent reopening, teleworking guidance, benefits, and other Company resources.
These efforts have had an immense impact on Leidos, helping to ensure our standing as a top employer by doing the right thing for our employees.
Supporting our Customers
As a company, Leidos is a trusted provider of information technology science, and engineering solutions for the government and highly-regulated commercial customers. During the global pandemic, we migrated customers to work remotely, keeping their workforce safe and secure and operations running smoothly. At the onset of the crisis, our employees deployed to the "front lines" to help address evolving customer needs. They provided laptops and technical assistance to entire government agencies, ensured customers could function in remote-work environments, and enabled seamless transitions to new ways of working without disruption. From providing IT support to emergency field hospitals in New York City’s Central Park to helping the Navy track COVID-19 supply chain risks in real-time, we provided proven solutions to our customer's most challenging needs. Finally, our work at Frederick National Labs, developing therapies and assisting with trials directly related to COVID-19 gives even more meaning to our mission to make the world safer, healthier and more efficient.
Supporting our Community
Recognizing that COVID-19 impacts extend far beyond Leidos, we partnered with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation to donate to its Emergency Response Fund, “All of Us Crush COVID” campaign. Between company and employee donations (including matching gifts), Leidos raised over $300,000 to help support vulnerable communities, increase laboratory capacity, boost clinical research and to strengthen local response efforts, among other CDC programs launched to combat the pandemic.
When the outlook at Leidos and across the U.S. started to improve in 2021, circumstances became increasingly challenging in other countries. With many friends and family in India, Leidos donated $40,000 to United Way Mumbai, an organization providing healthcare workers in India with critical medical equipment (including oxygen), personal protective equipment and other much needed supplies.
Leidos employees went above and beyond to help their neighbors, health care workers and charities all over the world. Highlighted in the insights below are a few examples of the amazing efforts they made from printing 3-D masks, to giving blood, hosting food drives, delivering meals, donating laptops and much more. Also highlighted below are some of the partnerships and initiatives we have made to make a lasting impact, both at work and in the communities where we operate.
The Leidos Million Dollar Move the Needle Sweepstakes
To encourage Leidos employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 we have launched the Leidos Million Dollar "Move the Needle" Sweepstakes. Ten lucky employees will win a year's salary. That means we're giving away at least $1 million to help create the most safe and healthy workplace and community possible.
As the world unites to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Leidos will be there our employees, customers, suppliers, and communities every step of the way.