By: Kristi Suddock, HR Manager
I am writing to let you all know that at least two of our TSP family have experienced catastrophic property losses from Saturday night’s tornados in the Dallas area. We still have information coming in, so there may be more. At this time, we are not aware of any injuries and for that, we are thankful.
What can we do?
Unless you are accompanied by an affected family member or have volunteered as a part of an approved group, it is best to stay out of the area. Thank you to our #TSProckstars who are taking PTO this week to support the effort through local churches and programs in areas most affected by the storms.
If you would like to donate food, water, boxes, bags, gloves, masks, eye protection or boots, it is best to provide those to shelters and groups set up to help the victims of this storm. Charities will be overwhelmed by clothing donations, so it is suggested we wait on donating those until later.
Gift cards are the best option right now. Victims have very basic needs such as underwear and toiletries. If you would like to donate gift cards to our TSP employees affected by the tornados, please send them to the Corporate office (17177 Preston Road, Ste. 320, Dallas, TX 75248) c/o Kristi Suddock. HR will make sure we get the gift cards directly to our affected team members.
Our employees will also need some time to sort through belongings, work with insurance and clean property. TSP has a PTO Gifting program if you have unused PTO which you would like to donate. Here are the details:
The purpose of Paid Time Off (PTO) gifting is to provide paid time off work to full-time, regular employees who have exhausted their own PTO due to a major life event and do not have accrued PTO available for medical needs or family time.
If an employee would like to share his/her accrued PTO with another employee, they should send an email to your manager requesting to share up to 16 hours and the name of the employee receiving the PTO gift (in this case, say Dallas Tornado Relief). Your manager will then forward his/her approval to HR at firstname.lastname@example.org for processing. Employees gifting PTO cannot go negative in their own PTO accrual bank when sharing with others.
Approval by HR will be on a case-by-case basis. PTO gifting is not intended to be used for short-term leaves due to routine and non-extraordinary situations or for time off covered by Worker’s Compensation. Gifted PTO will not be paid in cash, including upon exit of either the gift provider or the recipient, unless required by state law.
UPDATE: You responded, and in a big way! Not even 24 hours after notifying our #TSProckstars, there have been over 800 hours of PTO donated by 42 different individuals. This simple gesture speaks volumes for the type of company we are and the type of people we employ. We are so proud our product is our people!
If you were personally affected by this storm and you have a need, please let your manager know.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our TSP family as they sort through this disaster.