1. Our people
As an organisation we have always been well-equipped for remote working so we were able to move our entire UK workforce to homeworking at pace.
As our workforce adapted to an entirely homeworking reality, we helped them with that change, offering advice on how to work remotely and tools that would help them thrive.
We also acknowledged that the changes brought on by the pandemic could have an impact on our people’s mental health. Through awareness campaigns, a schedule of health and wellness webinars, and learning programmes like Thriving Mind, which breaks down the science of stress, we encouraged our people to ensure they were getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising—and generally being kind to themselves.
Hours during the first lockdown in March 2020.
Of our people in the U.K. participated in Emerge Stronger 10-day Quest.
Our people initiatives include
To show our commitment to developing our people, a company-wide training initiative encouraged them to use down time to upskill.
Emerge stronger 10-day quest
To encourage a positive outlook, our 10-day campaign offered a new theme each day to help our people feel connected, motivated and supported while working remotely.
The Art of Kindness
For Mental Health Awareness Week, our people teamed up with illustrator Giulia Sagramola to create a short graphic novel inspired by acts of kindness.
2. Our clients
We're helping our clients to see the opportunities amongst the challenges. To embrace this moment and make responsible, positive changes. To become more agile, reduce risk and create value well into the future.
In addition to general thought leadership, we’re publishing industry-specific analysis, gauging the impact and lasting effects of COVID-19 on automotive, banking, consumer goods and services, media, energy, health, public service and other sectors.
Outmanoeuvre uncertainty: What to do now and next
With every industry, function and geography affected, the amount of potential change to think through can be daunting. We are here to help. Read more.
The impact of COVID-19 was deeply felt in our local communities, so we continued our efforts to help the workforce.
Accenture’s Digital Skills course on social media was part of the U.K. government’s Skills Toolkit for furloughed workers. More than 50,000 people completed courses in April alone.
We also helped Internship Experience U.K. develop three-day online internship experiences for students and graduates across the country to help them gain skills, boost employability and build their network virtually during the pandemic.
Other initiatives include
NHSmail: Connecting care teams
We worked with Microsoft, NHS Digital and NHSX to introduce Microsoft Teams for 1.2 million NHSmail users within seven days.
Coordinating production of medical ventilators for UK
Working with Rolls-Royce, as part of VentilatorChallengeUK to coordinate production of medical ventilators urgently needed for the UK’s health service.
NHS Nightingale: Designing staff experience
WhatIf innovation consultancy, part of Accenture, designed the experience for 20,000+ medical staff at the 4,000-bed NHS Nightingale temporary hospitals.
Helpforce: Scaling aid from businesses
Supported Helpforce—which matches help requests with firms’ offers of people, goods, services—move its operations on to Salesforce Service Cloud.
Reboot: Delivering technology to those that need it most
Accenture, Nominet and others created a platform to mobilise grassroots groups to support the digitally excluded by delivering devices to those who need them most. (And we donated 964 devices too!)
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