For the past six weeks, Echo has been holding a remote summer of support event for its employees across three continents and five offices.
The event, planned and run by members of the company’s Employee Voice Forum, was put in place to remotely engage and connect our employees, many of whom have been working from home, during the lockdown.
Five weekly themes ‘Sports, Teams and Coaching’, ‘Hobbies, Interests & Skills’, ‘Embracing Cultures’, ‘Echo Pride Week’ and ‘Learning Something New’, provided a great structure to help Echo’s teams connect with and support one another during the current unusual times, where many employees continue to work remotely.
Content was employee-created and shared via the company’s new employee Instagram account, set up during lockdown to support employee engagement, and the company’s more traditional internal communication channels.
Over 50 pieces of content from employees across Australia, India and the UK were shared during the Summer of Support including videos, blog, pictures and interviews with great engagement, encouragement and support from our teams; right from The Board of Directors down.
“The Summer of Support has been the first widespread remote employee engagement activity we have undertaken as a business, and has been fantastic to see how successful it has been and how much our teams have enjoyed getting involved. Simon, our internal communication executive, and our employee voice forum have done a brilliant job in planning and running this initiative – which has brought learning, a showcase of skills and some real laughs along the way – bringing our remote teams together during this difficult time for us all.”
Caroline Boden, Head of Marketing and Communication
But, what has been really rewarding is hearing what this event has meant to our employees:
"Awesome thought , Awesome layout of the activities , Awesome execution and Awesome finishing...what more can you expect.. This 6 week's program is like a wonderful journey which everyone is a part of...I personally enjoyed a lot... I must like to say a special thanks to Simon for giving me the reason to write again which is lost somewhere in the busy schedule..."
“The engagement behind this activity saw people join from across all of our global sites which shows how well it was executed.”
"It's really fun to spend time on activities and see how others whom with we are working have so many talents. Only because of this activity we learned a lot about each other and that will definitely help for better working environment."
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