Imagine living abroad and not having the opportunity to travel to your loved ones during the holidays. You might have built up a social network, but travel restrictions might also mean you can’t see your usual suspects. What would you do?

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Obviously, sitting home alone is not an option. What better option is there than connecting to the people you know and already see quite often? Your colleagues can come to the rescue here. Not only during the holiday season but also to escape the daily grind—especially in times of social distancing and closed entertainment areas.  

A Dutch semiconductor industry supplier came to us as it was looking to tackle this issue. A solution for organizing small virtual events, connecting with colleagues, and showcasing great examples of community activities. And importantly, it had to be easy-to-use, innovative, affordable, and scalable.

Read below how we’ve developed a well-being app to build a sense of community among the company’s employees. After all, we all wanted to make sure that not a single employee would feel alone or have to spend Christmas alone.

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revenue gain can be achieved if employees do well across six fundamental human needs. [Source: Accenture]

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Well-being is high on the agenda

With people working from home, the pandemic has greatly put the spotlight on well-being this year.

Our research shows that your organization can gain a 5 percent revenue growth, compared to the anticipated 2020 average company decline of -4.7 percent, if employees do well across six fundamental human needs: emotional & mental, relational, physical, financial, purposeful, and employable.

And with social isolation lurking around the corner, influencing employees’ emotional, mental, and relation dimensions, the organization’s HR team aimed for a solution that anyone within the company could use to:

  • Connect with others within the company community.
  • Let teams organize their ‘special’ and virtual year-end activities.
  • Make it easy to come together as colleagues, physically and digitally. Think about a walk with the dog, a virtual drink, a Christmas dinner, an outdoor sporting exercise, an online quiz—all in line with COVID-19 regulations, of course.
  • Showcase the great examples of community building with other countries, teams, and employees.

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“One of the goals was to make sure that no one at the company had to spend Christmas alone.”

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A well-being app in just two weeks

The solution? An app that's web-based and available on mobile.

Scalable, affordable, and easy to use, a company well-being app was top of mind. To get this done quickly and in time before Christmas, we teamed up with Avanade. Joining forces with them meant we could combine their technical knowledge and development of Microsoft services with our project, change, and stakeholder management expertise to come to a uniquely quick turnaround.

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Depending on its great functionality, simplicity, and quick deployment, we used Microsoft Power Apps to create the solution. What's more, the app can be created and managed by using Microsoft Teams, a great benefit as many organizations already use Teams extensively. 

With the full dedication of the three organizations and their project members combined, cleared agendas, and smart investments, the MVP—or Minimal Viable Product—of the app went live in just two weeks. As these kinds of projects usually take three weeks or more, it’s an unbelievable achievement that put a smile on the faces of everyone involved.

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Other benefits of the app
  • Employees can find and showcase great examples of community building.
  • The threshold for starting an event or connect with a colleague has never been lower.
  • The app empowers employees to actively look after their colleagues’ well-being.
  • The solution helps build both local and global communities.
  • It’s both a web-based and mobile application.
  • Managers can find useful insights on how to improve the sense of well-being for their own teams.
  • The well-being app is easily rolled out across the globe.

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"One source of truth. One central well-being application for health, happiness and vitality."

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The foundation is there. Now, what…?

The app is a great tool to stay connected and build meaningful relationships with colleagues in the long term. As listed above, the application is easy to use for every employee around the world, irrespective of skill or job level. People feel encouraged to actively engage with their colleagues and look after them if needed.

One of the next steps is to emphasize that everyone should focus on their personal health and that of their colleagues. Yes, we’re really saying it once again: now more than ever…! And, of course, we’re crazily excited about hearing the app's success stories.

We have no doubt the well-being app can be of great added value to any organization wanting to build or improve a sense of community among its employees. We’re happy to share our experience and help you with a tailored solution for your unique situation. So, what’s your story?

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Eager to learn more about the well-being app or your employees' well-being? Feel free to reach to Marije Linden.

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Marije Linden

Senior Manager – Accenture Strategy & Consulting, Talent & Organization, Human Potential

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