Supporting our people through Covid-19

In March 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, our teams transitioned to working from home overnight. Our focus from the outset was to ensure our teams and their families were supported from a physical and mental health perspective and, also importantly, a social connectivity perspective. We ensured our people were supported in terms of having the technology and the equipment they needed to deliver their work seamlessly from home. We set up dedicated communication channels for the latest updates on company activity as well as helpful tips and tricks on how to use new platforms along with a fun channel where staff shared photos of pets, their hobbies, ……

We continued to hire new team members throughout the last year and all hiring and with all onboarding being carried out remotely, with new laptops and phones being sent in advance of the first day. We arranged drinks with our new colleagues at the end of their first week and we can’t wait to meet them in person when the time is right!

In addition, our Learning & Development activities continued with all courses successfully taking place virtually. Our Affinity Networks continued to meet regularly e.g. Women’s Affinity Network, LGBTQ Network, Diversity & Inclusion group. We set up a virtual coffee shop so that our people could drop in and chat with each other when they wished. We ran weekly activity classes including Boxercise, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, Cooking classes etc.

Our already very active Sports & Social team adapted quickly to running remote events every month such as:

Wine Tasting
Quiz Night
Virtual Games Night
Virtual Casino Night
Clay Pumpkin Making
Home Summer BBQ
Pizza Party
Online Drag Bingo
Lots of surprises sent to us at home for Christmas, Easter and our 2021 launch event

Home Office


We purchased new desks and chairs and IT accessories for our people to use at home and arranged for stationary packs to be sent out when stocks were getting low!

Wellbeing Ambassador


Eric Donovan, professional boxer, was appointed as our Health and Well-being Ambassador. Eric runs weekly virtual Boxercise classes and his role includes talks on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Virtual classes

A huge variety of virtual fitness / wellness classes have taken place and all classes are available to staff and their families, e.g. Yoga, Boxercise, Pilates and Zumba as well as Financial Wellbeing, Nutrition, Cooking, Environmental Awareness etc.

Social Events

In 2020 we had a virtual Christmas party with magic, live music, a virtual children’s Christmas party, lots of team catch-ups, Friday drinks, Take-away nights….

New Joiner Drinks

Friday night drinks were hosted to welcome our new hires. Lots of virtual team events were held by individual teams too.

Cookery

One of our consultants, Ampree, has run amazing cookery classes from her kitchen.