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Staff, mg Magazine.

Even in a world upended by a deadly pandemic and harsh economic realities, cannabis companies proved people are the heart of their business.

No one will deny 2020 was challenging. A deadly pandemic led to stay-at-home orders and business closures, which boosted some industries and decimated others. Mass layoffs, eviction moratoriums, and supply-chain disruptions strained the economy, and social and political unrest fractured communities.

Most jurisdictions declared cannabis commerce “essential” early in the crisis, saving jobs and likely preventing the collapse of individual businesses and potentially entire segments of the industry. That doesn’t mean cannabis companies suffered no disruption. Population lockdowns and fear of infection forced employers to restructure traditional workplace policies and adapt to changing circumstances on the fly.

In addition to a loaded benefits package, SC Labs provides perks like ergonomic desks, branded swag, accelerated promotions, and an enviable training program. A shared sense of identity, collaboration, unity of will, and personal investment in each other’s well-being drive the company’s DEI program.

But according to mg Magazine’s survey of employment practices, businesses responded with alacrity and compassion. Every company on this year’s list has implemented work-from-home policies; many employers provided equipment, furniture, and/or stipends to help …