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Digi-Key Cares for Employees, Community, and Customers

During these unprecedented times we want to take a moment to clarify the role Digi-Key is taking to protect the health and safety of our employees and community, while continuing to serve our customers. As one of the largest employers in Northwest Minnesota, we recognize the important role we play, and we want to share the precautions Digi-Key is taking during the evolving COVID-19 situation.

  1. At Digi-Key, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by COVID-19 worldwide, and our #1 concern is for the health and safety of our team members and their families, our community, customers and business partners. We’ve spent the last several weeks preparing for how the virus may impact the community and industry.
  2. Currently, no Digi-Key employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and there are no employees in quarantine. If that should change, we have a plan in place to notify all employees immediately and those who would need to be quarantined will be notified and well taken care of. We will also work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure all guidelines are met.
  3. We have no plans to close Digi-Key as we’re in the unique situation that some of our products are in high demand by companies on the front lines of diagnosing and treating COVID-19. We need to continue supplying these companies with the components they need and have a contingency plan in place to ensure shipments continue.
  4. We are following all Minnesota Department of Health’s stringent guidance on social distancing by having employees who can work from home do so, having employees stay at least 6 feet apart, and thoroughly disinfecting and sanitizing workspaces. We are using the CDC’s approved industrial cleaning solution process with all high-touch hardware (door handles, light switches, etc.), appliances and common spaces (conference and lunchrooms) in the building continuously. We’ve also reminded employees to wash hands frequently, cough or sneeze into a Kleenex or elbow and then wash hands immediately and stay home if they’re feeling sick.
  5. With schools being closed, Digi-Key has also relaxed some of our time-off policies and is offering flexible scheduling to meet the needs of team members who need to be at home with children who are no longer in school and provide opportunities to make up missed time.
  6. Digi-Key began prohibiting all business travel to and from Asia and Europe starting March 9, 2020, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. Additionally, Digi-Key proactively canceled industry event participation prior to the travel ban. We have also prohibited domestic business travel for our US-based employees and prohibited travel to the US for our Europe- and Asia-based employees. Instead of domestic business trips, we require that employees use conference calls or video conferencing.
  7. We have a task force that is meeting daily to make any changes needed to protect our employees while continuing to serve our customers with the components they need to continue fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to innovate.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to update our employees, community and customers with the facts, which are critical to keep everyone informed. We are all in this together.

Please check our page for any news and updates from Digi-Key regarding the situation: https://www.digikey.com/en/help/coronavirus

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Shane Zutz, Director of Human Resources at Digi-Key Electronics, is responsible for helping lead Digi-Key through a digital transformation that impacts its employees across the globe, as well as supporting its tremendous growth and upcoming 300-million-dollar expansion project. Following an ‘Outside-In’ model, Digi-Key’s Human Resource Department is re-imagining its work to create additional value for employees and customers.

Shane’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University and graduate degrees from Minnesota State Mankato.

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