15th July 2020
Our people at the heart of everything we do
Julie Chell outlines how we're prioritizing our people during COVID-19
Like everyone else, here at Civica, we’ve spent the last few months adapting to the challenges presented by COVID-19. In many ways we’re lucky. We’re used to operating across numerous global facilities, with many of us regularly or permanently working from home. So transitioning to remote working for the foreseeable future is something that we were able to adapt to and manage effectively. Over recent months, our teams have done an amazing job in providing us with the technology and resources we need to maintain a sense of business as usual. But, alongside all of this, we’re acutely aware that our services, products, processes and locations are only part of the equation and first and foremost, it’s our people - our differentiator and foundation - that really count and who should be at the very heart of our approach to business continuity.
Here are just six of the simple and practical things that we’re currently doing at Civica to live our values and ensure that our people come first in these challenging and unprecedented times.
We all recognize the importance of communication during times of change and uncertainty. So, we’ve increased the frequency of, and way in which we communicate with our colleagues, to include open and transparent daily updates. This ensures our people have confidence that we’re offering them the most up-to-date information and responding to the latest government advice. We also have lots of local team communications going on too.
Our leaders and managers want to inspire, support, and help their teams in any way they can during these challenging times. We’re therefore providing an ongoing series of webinars, coaching and on-line resources to help them adapt their leadership and management style to better support their teams.
Speed of decision making is key to effective agile working. Our people know that they’re empowered to make decisions as and when they need to because we trust that their intentions are always positive. This empowerment has helped our leaders to adapt job roles, provide additional support to people who have underlying health conditions, and to find new ways of doing things that work well across a remote team.
Many people are understandably feeling very anxious as they continue to watch this pandemic unfold. At Civica, we remain committed to encouraging positive mental health and wellbeing and that’s especially important right now. Our mental health champions are being proactive in reaching out and providing support to colleagues across the Group. We’re also helping people who are new to home-working by sharing regular hints and tips on how they can make it work for them.
In challenging times, people take great comfort from supporting and helping their colleagues and their wider community. We actively encourage our colleagues to give back to their local communities.
Social interaction and fun
We pride ourselves on being a friendly and fun place to work - and that matters now more than ever before! Civica US is part of a global organization with locations New Zealand, Australia, India, Singapore, United Kingdom and Ireland. We use Yammer, a space for social chat and collaboration and we’re also doing a range of ‘drop in’ sessions where people can join colleagues at an agreed time for a virtual work-out, mindfulness session, virtual coffee, book club discussion, or any number of other activities to keep their spirits up.
We’ve also already got one eye on the future… we all know that future working needs to be more agile and that’s how we’re all having to work right now. In this global crisis, we’re being more innovative and creative than ever as we look for solutions to the everyday challenges of social isolation, uncertainty and supporting each other and extended families through sickness and personal challenges. We’re sure that some of these solutions will be brilliant and will change the way we work together for many years to come.