As the holiday season approaches, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on what an eventful journey it has been in 2020, and highlight our celebrations throughout the year at Indeed.
At the beginning of the year, we were fortunate enough to celebrate several occasions together, in and out of the office. One of the highlights in the first quarter was when Indeedians across the U.S. came together to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 20.
Our team from the Black Inclusion Group organized various events across the US to show respect through live discussions, including a march in Austin, Texas (pictured above).
We also celebrated various festive events across our offices, including Lunar New Year. During this celebration, the Asian Network led and planned various activities such as lion dance events, happy hours and dumpling making sessions to name a few.
In addition to that, we also celebrated other events in the beginning of the year such as Pongal and Australia Day, where we were able to get together and create special experiences with one another. We truly miss celebrating together!
While we were able to spend most of the first quarter of the year celebrating at the office, the pandemic then hit us, and to prioritize the health and safety of Indeedians, Indeed moved its entire workforce to work from home towards the end of the first quarter.
For the rest of the year, we celebrated events virtually. From Eid, Pride Month, Juneteenth, Veterans Day, Diwali, Halloween and Thanksgiving to other locally celebrated events, we shared our stories through virtual events, social media, virtual happy hours and sharing through our internal platforms.
“I may not be able to celebrate Pride the way I would prefer this year but a cool silver lining came out of Indeed’s Virtual Pride – not only were we able to access international Pride events online but everyone was in the exact same virtual situation,” Radissen Ramoutar, a member of Indeed’s iPride resource group in Toronto, says.
“This meant that we could all connect and have the same experience without feeling like you’re staring through a window into another person’s house. We all got to be in the same ‘virtual’ house together.”
This year has been unexpected and challenging, but we’ve taken huge strides together. While the pandemic has created greater barriers between us, we’ve learnt to get better at staying connected and being grateful for the little things.
Indeedians are a creative bunch, and the silver lining of not being able to meet in person was the ability to connect over shared passions!
In addition to helping people get jobs, Indeedians connected over health tips, designing their workspace, music and their passion for food (and talent for being culinary artists) through mouth-watering recipes! We even published our very own cookbook… a blend of simple everyday meals whipped up by our very own Indeedians across the globe.
“We hope these delicious creations will inspire employees and will be recreated in kitchens across the globe,” Dublin Office Manager, Brona Crinion explains. “No matter what circumstances we are facing, togetherness is always at the forefront of our agenda.”
There were also numerous online health, wellness and fun programs organized by the Employee Experience team such as yoga, kickboxing, dance, HIIT, meditation and many more!
As we round up our celebrations for the year, everything from shared passions, differences, festive events, career milestones and wins (both big and small), we’re thankful to be able to give back this season as Indeed gifts us the gift of giving.
All employees at Indeed were gifted $200 to donate to their charity of choice through our GoodDeeds program. Whether their passion is feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, caring for stray animals, literacy or any other of hundreds of meaningful causes, Indeedians get to pick their charity (or charities) to give to this season.
However you choose to spend your holiday this year, we’d like to wish everyone a safe holiday and a better year ahead!
To stay up to date with all the celebrations and activities Indeedians around the world participate in, follow us on @insideindeed.