During a company-wide Zoom meeting, Bob Parsons announced he would not be making vaccines mandatory for the employees of his YAM Worldwide portfolio of companies, instead offering a rich incentive. Globally, YAM Worldwide has more than 1,150 employees and each of them are eligible for a $1,000 bonus if they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and receive a flu shot.
“We are lucky to have amazing employees throughout our companies, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help keep them healthy and happy,” said Parsons. “While vaccinations are by no means mandatory, they certainly are encouraged. And we could think of no better encouragement than a nice bonus for getting both.”
Often most well-known as the founder of GoDaddy, Parsons is currently the CEO and founder of 15 companies – under the YAM Worldwide umbrella – including Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG), Scottsdale National Golf Club, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, GO AZ Motorcycles, SNEAKY BIG, The YAMWOOD Foundry, Spooky Fast Custom Finishing, YAM Capital and YAM Properties, and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, YAM Worldwide has made employee and customer health a number one priority, starting a COVID Task Force and enacting strong safety protocols across all its businesses.
During the company meeting, Parsons shared with the team that he would never ask employees to do something he would not do and by early November he will be fully vaccinated. Committed to making the process of getting vaccinated as easy as possible, the company has already held multiple private, COVID vaccination and flu shot clinics onsite at its YAM Worldwide facilities in Scottsdale. Additional clinics are scheduled in the coming months.
Parsons will follow federal mandates, should they become legal requirements. If that includes weekly COVID tests for some employees who are not vaccinated, he will step up and help offset any cost.
Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., YAM Worldwide, Inc. is home to the entrepreneurial operations of Bob Parsons, American entrepreneur and philanthropist.
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