Mesirow Financial Unveils Privacy Rooms for Employees Balancing Work and Illness
CHICAGO, IL, January 20, 2016 – Mesirow Financial is proud to announce the debut of its new Mesirow CARES privacy rooms. At a reception held this afternoon at its Chicago corporate offices, Mesirow Financial had that opportunity to show off the new spaces to employees, partners and active participants of our CARES program. Chairman and CEO Richard Price commented, "We know that one in four people will be touched with cancer in their lifetime. While we do not work in a medical space to help find a cure, we can do our part to help our people. This room directly speaks to who we are and what we value as a firm; I am proud to stand here today and watch this initiative come to life."
The privacy rooms will provide Mesirow employees who have been diagnosed with cancer and other non-contagious illnesses a quiet place to relax as they balance work and treatment, have private conversations with doctors or family members, meet with their Mesirow Mentors (employee volunteers who have encountered similar challenges), or use for a needed break as they reenter the workforce when they've attained remission. The rooms have been thoughtfully designed with an emphasis on comfort and care, and furnished with a selection of chaise lounges, recliners and gliders that offer employees a tranquil place to rest.
The idea for the privacy rooms came from Mesirow CARES (Cancer, Awareness, Resources, Education, Support), an employee-driven corporate initiative that was developed out of a desire to provide guidance, resources and support to employees touched by cancer and other chronic conditions, either personally or as a caregiver.
A number of the vendors hired to build out the space for the privacy rooms were so moved by what the rooms represent that they donated a substantial portion of the labor and materials required to bring this project to fruition. Mesirow Financial is very grateful to Advent Systems, Room and Board, Gibson Electric, ISI, Forward Space and KI for their partnership and generosity in helping create such a comfortable and healing employee resource.
Mesirow Financial is very pleased to be able to offer such a unique resource to employees in need and hopes that the privacy room concept will become a model of corporate care and compassion that gets adopted by other organizations.
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Mesirow Financial is a specialist investment, risk management and advisory firm committed to helping its clients achieve their objectives. As an independent, employee-owned firm, it develops tailored solutions that deliver measurable results since 1937.