GAME FACES EVERYONE! IT’S SHOWTIME
6:30 am My alarm went off Tuesday October 5th, 2021. I rolled out of bed and traded in my birthday suit for my signature red suit. Looking sharp. Met up with everyone at 8am at our office in Haarlem. Loaded the cars with all the decorations, snacks, drinks, etc. Everything but the kitchen sink.
8:30 am We had a very tight schedule to make sure we didn’t show up too late at the last company of the day. Murphy’s Law. Obviously when you’re following a really tight schedule, something goes wrong. We started our cars, set the navigation app for the first address which was supposed to take an hour. The voice of the navigation app states: “You’re estimated arrival time is 10am”. Well f*ck me, we haven’t even left yet and we’re already half an hour behind schedule.
We’d arranged an entire film crew to make a movie for us, documenting the day. Not just for ourselves but also for the winners so they could also share it on their social media platforms. We’d decided that our branded YTA car would be that one that would drive in front so I-Mor could film it. Murphy’s Law paid us another visit. Traffic jam. Watching the clock, we had to improvise and Sacha took a detour. So that’s why we weren’t able to film her at this location, but hey, A for effort.
10:00 am When we arrived in Rotterdam at Equalture, we got the notification that they wanted to have the event inside. For the people that don’t know me, if I organize something, there’s no wiggle room. It has to go as planned or you’ll deal with the wrath of my “disappointed face”. It’s not my most charming quality, I know. Anyway, we’d set everything up as you’ve seen in the pictures, celebrated and brought the house down! We presented the award to Charlotte Melkert (CEO of Equalture) and Fleur Melkert, packed up everything, loaded the trucks and moved on to the next location! All of that in about an hour and a half.
By the way, one of the reasons Equalture won is because for them: “Diversity & inclusivity is what we do. Our mission is ‘to shape the world of unbiased hiring’ so we live and breathe this on a daily basis.” Beautiful, no?
12:30 pm The next location was in Hilversum at NEP Media Solutions. We arrived there just before the lunchbreak, so we set up quickly and tried to gather as many people as possible. We tried to lure them with popcorn, champagne and the silent disco but not everyone was as enthusiastic as we were. This might also have scared them off (remember the hyenas I was telling you about earlier?).
At Equalture, we weren’t able to set off the fireworks but at NEP, the conditions were perfect! The moment Sacha gave the award to Kirsten Nijmeijer (CHRO at NEP) and Marieke den Ouden (Talent Recruiter Team People) the fire fountain went off! They didn’t expect it at all so seeing their faces light up like kids on Christmas morning was absolutely amazing. Even during the photo ops, they used the fire fountain to add a cool extra effect.
One of the reasons NEP won is because of the following: They have a NEPeople magazine to keep all colleagues informed. They proudly participate during PRIDE, they challenge the status quo with hiring managers who tend to be biased in interviews with potential candidates, they take immediate action against bullying, they facilitate a nursing and prayer room and last but not least: Diversity and Inclusion is part of their onboarding program.
Right, packing up again, loading the trucks and on to the last location! Mobiquity in Amsterdam. As we were running late from the get-go, of course we would arrive way too early at the last location.
3:30 pm The rain poured as we were pulling up at Mobiquity. We had the opportunity to decorate their new office, which is next to their current office. One word; WOW! An amazing open space with a robust atmosphere, plants, bleachers, you name it and it’s probably there!
Moment supreme: Mobiquity arrived all dressed up! They got the memo and were dressed to the nines! Suits, gowns, dresses, heels the whole shebang! They danced like no one was watching, celebrated and had a lot of fun! Gwen Kolader (the VP of People & Culture) and Paul Beglinger (Recruitment Director) received the award for Mobiquity. And with that, our day came to a close.
One of the reasons Mobiquity won is because of the following: They recruit from all over the world, they fully support relocation (including families) in the onboarding, they really dive into cultural differences and tailor it to the countries of origin, within the first quarter HR keeps close contact with all new employees to see how well they are doing and, last but not least, a lot of meetings to make new talent really feel like part of the company.
For the last time that day, we packed up our stuff, loaded the vans, and went home. Luckily, I didn’t wear my Louboutin’s, otherwise I would have had blisters for sure.
7:30 pm Back home, feet up, glass of wine, Netflix on. Boyd out.
What’s in the pipeline for 2022, you ask?
As mentioned before, Your Talent Agency doesn’t color inside the lines. So, for the Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2022, we already have our engines gearing up! To let you in on a little bit of our secret, I’ll end with the following:
“Three companies stand before us. We’ve calculated the results but the final decision is ours to make. Prior to tonight, you’ve been requested to prepare a ………………. This is your last chance to impress us and prove to the world that you are Your Talent Agency’s Diversity and Inclusion award winner, the reigning company of the year! Good luck and don’t f*ck it up!