“Hanami” is a Japanese tradition of welcoming spring. The literal meaning is “viewing flowers” and enjoying cherry blossoms is an old Japanese custom (that’s been around for over a 1000 years). Hanami is like a picnic to enjoy under the cherry blossoms. People get together for this short period of time and enjoy food and drinks. Many people go early in the morning to secure a spot. However, given the Covid-19, we are not allowed to (or at least, not encouraged to) do “Hanami” last year and this year, so we, Communications held the “Online Virtual Hinami” session with our colleagues via Teams, setting our own favorite cherry blossom pics as our background scene, and get together to chit chat. We all talked about “Where is your favorite hanami spot?” or “Where did you take that photo?” and had great time together.
This past week Evonik virtually attended the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) conferences / career fairs! No matter if it is virtual or in-person, it is always exciting to speak with students about a future with Evonik!
Home office set-up...check.
Employer branding onboarding...check.
It has been week two of my onboarding to the Employer Branding team as my second IPREP rotation. So far I am loving every bit of it! I have spent time setting up one-on-one meetings with my new team members to get to know them and their roles on a personal level. Just because my on-boarding to a new international team has been virtual, it doesn't mean that it has been any less impactful!
All large organisations are facing the same challenges: how do you communicate to large groups? We were testing a new channel-moving away from face to face to virtual channels. Participation and attendance from our global colleagues in a virtual room. It worked!
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