On 10 June 2011, more than 270 colleagues from our HR teams across the globe took part in the ‘One HR day’. United by one goal to connect with their local communities and each other, HR teams used their skills to improve their local communities, supporting a wide range of organisations.
To make the most of this opportunity and really connect with each other, teams agreed to all volunteer on the same day and to share their experiences and pictures via a global intranet site.
Partnering with 19 NGOs across the globe, teams spent their days tackling contrasting social issues, from working in food kitchens feeding the homeless in Minneapolis, Paris and Melbourne, to helping care for orphans in China and Bulgaria.
In Latin America, CBN, the main news radio station in Brazil praised the HR team for helping assist 180 unemployed people get back into the workplace. Working with a government institution, the HR team used their skills to run resume writing workshops, individual interview training sessions and one to one career sessions.
The day has proved a great success with rewarding results echoed across the regions; not only has it built bridges between teams that couldn’t be geographically further apart, it has also given people the opportunity to see firsthand the powerful contribution one team can make in resolving the challenges facing society.