By: admin

Power Design Chief People and Culture Officer, Marlene Velez, was invited by the Tampa Bay Business Journal to discuss all things culture after our recent TBBJ Tampa Bay 200 recognition. Now more than ever, Marlene explains the importance of acknowledging and prioritizing mental health in the workplace— and that’s exactly what we’re doing at Power Design.

While on the panel, Marlene shared insight that is the driving force behind the culture at Power Design; simply put— we care, and we care hard for our #PDIFamily. Observing World Mental Health Day today gives us the opportunity to raise awareness and remind our employees that Power Design is here to support you (and that not being ok is OK)! Watch our executive team open up during Mental Health Awareness Month, here.

Furthermore, Marlene shed light on the decisions Power Design made ahead of the pandemic to better support employees:

Five years ago we transformed the human resource function to basically be an internal customer service department. We don't have human resources. We're called "The Source."

Marlene V.

The Source is a constant reminder to employees that they are not alone at Power Design— a message we shared last month in observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

The most simple thing that we can do as friends, as co-workers, as leaders, as family members... is help provide hope.

Shelly Scamardo |

Wellness Manager

Whether our #PDIFamily seeks support from The Source or a friend in the field, we’re proud to cultivate an environment without stigma around mental health. We are here for you and it’s okay to ask for help.

If you’d like to get involved in raising awareness for mental health, check out resources available via the World Federation for Mental Health.