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Friday, September 24, 2021

TCB VOWS TO MAKE FINANCE WORK FOR WOMEN




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Tanzania Commercial Bank has vowed to use its recently formed Business Forum for Women to promote women’s economic dignity and prosperity by making finance work for them.

 

The oldest bank in the country says it will accomplish the noble mission by becoming market leader for advancing their financial inclusion and the top driver of innovative financial services for this potentially lucrative market segment.

 

The ultimate goal of the undertaking, senior officials of the bank explained here yesterday, is to support efforts of the government to empower them economically and boost their effective engagement in productive activities.

 

Speaking during the second edition of the TCB Business Forum for Women, the officials said the endeavour revolves around catapulting women banking to unprecedented new heights.

 

The strategy to make that possible, they noted, mostly involves enlightenment on available economic empowerment and entrepreneurship opportunities at the bank.

 

Equally important, the forum’s resource persons explained, will be use of existing and new innovative financial solutions that will be supported by TCB’s financial muscle, digital prowess, unrivalled market outreach and its innovation champions.

 

The Mbeya TCB Business Forum for Women attracted about 250 participants who used the roundtable to discuss and share business ideas and experiences, network, forge alliances and learn from the bank’s experts.

 

It was officially opened by Deputy Speaker Dr Tulia Ackson, who said women are a formidable but sidelined economic force. The Mbeya Urban lawmaker said focus of the forum’s deliberations was timely and augurs well with the government’s efforts to leave no woman behind in creating a prosperous Tanzania.

 

“With this initiative, TCB is going to play a significant transformative role in changing the financial and economic status of women. I congratulate you for coming up with this idea and investing time and resources to make it a success,” Dr Ackson noted.

 

Premised on the theme of “The Role of Women in the Development of the National Economy” the TCB women empowerment platform was officially launched early this month in Dodoma.

 

CEO Sabasaba Moshingi said similar roundtables will be organised in Zanzibar, Morogoro, Arusha, Mwanza and Dar es Salaam with the next scheduled to be held in the isles next month. The forums also accord participants a platform to see, hear and learn from successful businesswomen and get to know TCB and its services better.

 

“With the many economic barriers women face and the financial challenges they encounter, we are committed to ensure this financial and economic empowerment agenda delivers the desired result,” Mr Moshingi emphasized.

 

“Through these forums, we want to serve the women market segment better and get to know their unique financial needs,” he noted. “The ultimate goal is to enhance the contribution of women in national building.”

 

The CEO told the TCB success story during 2007 – 2020 to illustrate the viability of the new networking platform and why he is optimistic it will succeed. He said during the period the fortunes of the 96-year old lender blossomed splendidly with its balance sheet ballooning by over 1,000 per cent to top slightly above TZS 1.04 trillion in 2020.

 

Its loan book surged to TZS704 billion at the end of quarter one this year. TCB special services for women include Tabasamu account and several credit facilities.

 

To date, the bank has extended over TZS 120 billion loans to women who account for about 50 per cent of its one million customers. In fiscal year 2020/21, TCB loaned 7,637 women-owned and run micro and small enterprises some TZS 25.81 billion.

 

“The takeover of TWB in 2018 obliges us to give special attention to women banking and that’s why we are here today,” he pointed out.

 

Some of the forum’s resource persons, who were all TCB women staff, said the gatherings seek to show the bank’s readiness and ability support women entrepreneurs.

 

They said TCB offers women abundant commercial and empowerment opportunities through services such as its Nishike Mkono Bima and Kinamama Policy bancassurance solutions.

 

 

 

 

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Corporate Affairs’ Unit

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Chevron Brands International yaingia Mkataba na Tristar (AFAL) wa makubaliano ya utenegenezaji wa vilainishi katika Afrika Mashariki

 

Afisa wa Kimataifa wa Bidhaa za DRM Steve Hoffman (kushoto), na Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Tristar Group Eugene Mayne, wakitia saini makubaliano ya BBDA kutoka maili mbali yenye lengo la kufanya kazi pamoja na kutengeneza na kusambaza na kuuza mafuta ya vilainishi ya CaltexTM katika nchi za Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi na Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Congo (DRC).

Chevron Brands International yaingia Mkataba na Tristar (AFAL) kwenye leseni ya vilainishi na makubaliano ya utenegenezaji katika Afrika Mashariki.
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(Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) Septemba 15, 2021: Kampuni ya Chevron Brands International LLC (Chevron) na AFAL Manufacturing Limited (AML) iliyopo chini ya Tristar Group, wameingia makubaliano ya muda mrefu ya kutengeneza na kusambaza na kuuza mafuta ya vilainishi ya CaltexTM katika nchi za Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi na Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Congo (DRC). Pamoja na kuingia kwenye mkataba huu, Chevron imeimarisha uwepo wake ambao tayari unakua katika Ukanda wa Afrika Mashariki na kukabidhi leseni ya shughuli zake kwa AML.

Vilainishi vya mafuta vya chapa ya Caltex, vimekuwa vikipatikana katika nchi za Afrika Mashariki tangu mwaka 2013 vikisambazwa na kwa makubaliano na Africa Fuels & Lubricants Ltd (AFAL), pia ya Tristar Group. Kuaminiana na kuridhika kutoka kwa ushirikiano huu uliofanikiwa, ilikuwa ni sababu kubwa katika utambuzi wa kuingia makubaliano ya leseni ya muda mrefu. Kwenye upeo huu mpya, Chevron itatoa teknolojia inayoongoza ulimwenguni, na AML itachanganya, kuuza, na kusambaza vilainishi vyenye nembo ya Caltex kupitia mtandao wake mpana na kuingia katika soko la ushindani Afrika Mashariki.

Chevron ina historia Afrika Mashariki, na tumejipanga katika miongo saba na tulianza ushirikiano na AFAL tangu mwaka 2013. Zaidi ya miaka nane, uhusiano wetu na AFAL umekuwa kwa namna moja hadi nyingine, na tunafurahia kuanza makubaliano mapya na AML, ambayo yatasaidia bidhaa za Caltex kusambaa maeneo yote ya Afrika Mashariki. Makubaliano haya yatajumuisha kukua na kusambaa kwa bidhaa hizo,” alisema Douglas Rankine, Meneja Mkuu wa Mafuta na Vilainishi Mashariki ya Kati na Afrika. “Pande zote mbili zilijitahidi wakati wa janga la korona na kuafikia mkataba huu, hivyo kuonyesha uhusiano ulioboreshwa unaotegemea uaminifu, uadilifu na utendaji.

Kufanikiwa kwa makubaliano haya ya leseni na kuongezeka kwa mahitaji ya vilainishi katika mikoa, kulikuwa na sababu kuu katika kujenga zaidi uhusiano kati ya Tristar Group na Chevron, na itatambua kuingia katika soko jipya la Tanzania kama soko la AML.

Uhusiano huu wa kimkakati wa muda mrefu ni kielelezo cha kujitolea na uhakikisho wa Chevron kwa wateja, katika masoko ya Afrika Mashariki kutoa bidhaa bora na kuchangia maendeleo ya kiuchumi ya eneo hilo kupitia ushirikiano wa Chevron na AML katika soko la vilainishi vya Afrika Mashariki.

AML ina uhakika kuwa hatua hii itawezesha chapa ya Caltex kupata sehemu kubwa ya soko katika eneo la Afrika Mashariki kwa kutumia faida za gharama na ushirikiano wa mchanganyiko wa ndani.

Kuchaguliwa na Chevron kwa jukumu hili muhimu ni onyesho la kujiamini katika uhusiano wa muda mrefu kati ya Chevron na Tristar Group tangu AFAL ilipopewa makubaliano ya usambazaji wa vilainishi na Chevron mwaka 2013, na itatumika kama sehemu ya uzinduzi wa vilainishi vyenye asili ya Caltex kupanua mauzo katika ukanda wa Afrika Mashariki. Tuna hakika kuwa uchanganyaji wa ndani ni hatua inayofaa kwa biashara hii kubaki kuwa na ushindani, na hatutaokoa juhudi yoyote kuimarisha msimamo wa chapa ya Caltex Afrika Mashariki,” alisema Mtendaji Mkuu wa Tristar Group, Eugene Mayne.

Tristar ni Kampuni ya Biashara ya Kimataifa ambapo Makao Makuu yake ni Dubai, ambayo inatoa suluhisho na vifaa vya mafuta kwa wateja pamoja na kampuni za kitaifa na kimataifa, na mashirika ya serikali. Pia inajumuisha vifaa vya nishati katika usafirishaji wa nchi kavu na majini, maghala maalum, mashamba ya mafuta, biashara ya mafuta ya ndege na shughuli za usambazaji wa mafuta.

AML imejitolea kutengeneza vilainishi vya hali ya juu kulingana na viwango vya Chevron na imejitolea kushughulikia mahitaji ya wateja na matarajio ya soko yanayozidi kuongezeka nchi za Afrika Mashariki.

Pamoja na uhusiano huu wa kimkakati, Chevron na Tristar Group, wanawekeza zaidi kufikia kuongezeka kwa mahitaji ya vilainishi vyenye asili ya Caltex, ambayo inashughulikia sekta ya watumiaji, biashara na viwanda katika eneo lote la Afrika Mashariki.
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Thursday, September 9, 2021

TANGA CEMENT PLC SCOOPS NOSA INTERNATIONAL AWARD

 


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Managing Director (MD) of the Tanga Cement PLC, Mr. Reinhardt Swart,


Tanga Cement PLC scoops NOSA International Award



09 September 2021, Tanga, the leading cement manufacturer in Tanzania, Tanga Cement Company

Limited (TCPLC), has recently scooped the NOSA International Award.


NOSA – the National Occupational Safety Association – is South Africa's leading provider of occupational

health, safety and environmental training solutions which was launched in 1951 by the South African

government to reduce injuries and fatalities at the workplace.


NOSA is currently South Africa’s leading occupational health, safety and environmental training provider,

offering more than 100 safety-related training courses, skills programmes and qualifications which have

been awarded various local and international accreditations.


According to the Managing Director (MD) of the Tanga Cement PLC, Mr. Reinhardt Swart, the NOSA Award

is usually bestowed upon companies and other institutions which exemplify the very highest standards of

Safety, Health and Environmental compliance – and, thus, “exceptional performance in managing

workplace hazards and risks.”


Speaking on the Award, Mr Swart said “this is a safety record for Tanga Cement PLC. It is a big achievement

for us not only as a NOSA International Award winner but also as the 1



st NOSCAR-awarded Company.

NOSCAR is National Occupational Safety Companies Award Recognition: the highest NOSA accolade

grading.”


The MD further stated that, with this Award, Tanga Cement retains its place in the ‘Distinguished Class’

of NOSA-awarded companies in systems implementation.


“This is following an international competition held recently involving all first-place winners from different

NOSA Zones of operations worldwide. We were the first winner in the Northern Region (D3 Sector

Industrial Category),” he revealed.


The NOSA Award Programme involves small and large companies based within and outside South Africa.

However, Tanga Cement PLC has been participating in the Programme, actively implementing it for the

past three consecutive years – and winning the Award in its fourth year of implementation.


“In 2019/20, Tanga Cement PLC emerged the second winner in the Northern Region (D3 Sector Industrial

Category). In 2020/21, our company emerged the overall winner – and entered the international

competition, the National Occupational Safety Companies Award Recognition (NOSCAR),” he said.


These prestigious Awards qualify Tanga Cement Public Limited Company into the distinguished class of

exemplary NOSA practitioners. In effect, this means that the company is doing exceptionally well in the

performance stakes, including specially managing hazards and risks at the workplace.


The main objective for the NOSA Awards Programme is to assist clients in limiting hazards in the

workplace, while at the same time ensuring that, as the client, they are willing, able and ready/prepared

to effectively prevent and/or tackle any and all emergency situations that may arise at the workplace.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

BENKI YA TCB YAWAINUA WANAWAKE KIUCHUMI

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Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Dodoma Mh Anthony Mtaka (kushoto), akizungumza wakati wa Uzinduzi rasmi wa Jukwaa la kuwawezesha wanawake kiuchumi lililoandakliwa na Benki ya Serikali ya Biashara TCB, hafla hiyo imefanyika makaop makuu ya nchi Jijini Dodoma  wengine pichani ni  , Afisa Mtendaji Mkuu wa TCB, Bw Sabasaba Moshingi, pamoja na Mkurugenzi Rasilimali watu na Utawala Diana Myonga.indexMkuu wa Mkoa wa Dodoma Mh Anthony Mtaka akitembelea babanda ya wanawake wajasiliamali wakati wa Uzinduzi rasmi wa Jukwaa la kuwawezesha wanawake kiuchumi lililoandakliwa na Benki ya Serikali ya Biashara TCB, hafla hiyo imefanyika makaop makuu ya nchi Jijini Dodoma  rMkuu wa Mkoa wa Dodoma Mh Anthony Mtaka (wapili kulia), akipata maelezo kutoka kwa mmoja ya wajasiliamali walijitokeza wakati wa Uzinduzi rasmi wa Jukwaa la kuwawezesha wanawake kiuchumi lililoandakliwa na Benki ya Serikali ya Biashara TCB, hafla hiyo imefanyika makaop makuu ya nchi Jijini Dodoma kushoto ni Afisa Mtendaji Mkuu wa TCB, Bw Sabasaba Moshingi pamoja na Maofisa wengine wa Benki hiyo

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Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Dodoma Mh Anthony Mtaka akiwa katika picha ya pamoja na Maofisa wa benki ya TCB

 

Benki ya Biashara Tanzania (TCB) imejipanga kuwa taasisi kinara ya kuwahudumia wanawake nchini hili kuwakwamua kiuchumi kupitia suluhisho za kifedha ambazo zinazingatia changamoto zao kama wajasiriamali.

 

Katika kutimiza hazma hiyo, TCB jana ilizindua Kongamano la Wanawake na Biashara jijini Dodoma ambalo litakuwa jukwaa maalum la kuchochea maendeleo yao binafsi, familia, jamii na taifa kwa ujumla.

 

Kongamano hilo lilijikita zaidi kujadili nafasi ya akina mama katika kukuza uchumi wa taifa. Na hili kuwa na matokea chanya, Afisa Mtendaji Mkuu wa TCB, Bw Sabasaba Moshingi, alisema midahalo kama hiyo itafanyika pia Zanzibar, Morogoro, Mwanza, Mbeya, Arusha na Dar es Salaam.

 

“Katika makongamano hayo, wanawake hasa wajasiriamali, watapata fursa ya kuifahamu vizuri TCB na huduma zake wezeshi huku wakibadirishana mawazo na uzoefu wa mambo mbalimbali,” Bw Moshingi aliwaambia washiriki.

 

Aidha, aliongeza kuwa jukwaa hilo litazingatia sana nafasi ya wanawake kuwa chachu ya uchumi na maendeleo na jinsi wanavyoweza kutumia fursa za kibiashara zinazopatikana TCB kupitia huduma na suluhisho zake mbalimbali.

 

Bw Moshingi alisema benki hiyo ina wajibika kuupa kipaumbele uwezeshaji wa wanawake baada ya serikali kuziunganisha shughuli zake na zile za iliyokuwa Benki ya Wanawake Tanzania (TWB).

 

“Uongozi wa Benki ya Biashara Tanzania unapenda kuishukuru Serikali kwa kuwa na imani na sisi na kuamua kutuunganisha na benki za TWB, Twiga Bancorp na TIB Corporate,” Bw Moshingi alisema katika wasilisho lake.

 

Hatua hiyo imeiimarisha TCB sokoni kiushindani na kuifanya iwe na msuli wa kifedha wa kuweza kulihudumia taifa kwa ufanisi.Hilo aliliweka bayana kupitia takwimu za kiutendaji zinazoonyesha mali na amana za TCB kuwa 1.04trn/- na 888bn/- mtawalia kufikia mwishoni mwa mwaka jana.

 

Wakati faida kabla ya kodi ya TCB iliongezeka kutoka 400m/- mwaka 2007 hadi 21bn/- mwaka 2020, ukopeshaji ndani ya kipindi hicho ulikua hadi 618bn/- kutoka 36bn/-.

 

Bw Moshingi pia alisema zipo huduma maalum zinazowalenga akina mama kama akaunti ya TABASAMU, dirisha maalum kwa ajili yao kwenye matawi yote ya benki na huduma za bima maisha kwa vikundi ambavyo wanachama wake wengi ni wanawake.

 

“Mikopo zaidi 120bn/- imetolewa kwa wanawake na tumekusanya amana za 11.9bn/- kupitia akaunti za vikundi zaidi ya laki tatu ambapo asilimia 85 ya wanachama wake ni wanawake,” mtendaji huyo alisema.

 

Mgeni rasmi kwenye kongamano hilo la ufunguzi alikuwa Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Dodoma, Bw Anthony Mtaka, ambaye aliipongeza Benki ya TCB na viongozi wake kwa kuanzisha utaratibu huo wa kimaendeleo na kiuwezeshaji.

 

Alisema ubunifu huo wa hali ya juu ni nyenzo mahsusi ya kuwakomboa wanawake kifedha na kuwajengea uwezo kibiashara huku akiitaka benki hiyo kuwaonyesha fursa ilizonazo za kuwasaidia.

 

Kwa mujibu wa maofisa waandamizi wa TCB, lengo la jukwaa hilo si tu kuwawezesha wanawake wa Kitanzania kiuchumi bali pia kuwaimarisha kifedha na kuwajenga kibiashara ili waweze kushiriki kikamilifu katika ujenzi wa taifa.

 

Walisema Jukwaa la Wanawake na Biashara la TCB linaendana na mpango wa Rais Mama Samia Suluhu Hassan wa kuongeza ushiriki wa wanawake katika kusimamia na kumiliki uchumi wa taifa.

 

“Kwa muktadha huo benki na taasisi nyingine za fedha nchini zinawajibu wa kushiriki kutekeleza ajenda hiyo ya serikali na TCB imeonyesha mfano mzuri wa hilo,” walifafanua.

 

Jukwaa hilo jipya litaendeleza huduma jumuishi kwa ajili ya wanawake kupitia mikakati mbalimbali itakayowawezesha kufungua uwezo wao wa ujasiriamali na kuchangia mabadiliko kuanzia ngazi ya kaya hadi taifa.

 

Pia litajikita zaidi kwenye ufumbuzi wa changamoto zinazozikabili biashara zinazomilikiwa na kuongozwa na akina mama.

 

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Friday, August 27, 2021

JENGA HUB NA KIDS FINANCE NA TRACY YAWAFUNDISHA WATOTO NAMNA BORA NA MATUMIZI YA FEDHA

 

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Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Taasisi ya Jenga Hub ambae pia ni Miss Tanzania wa zamani Nancy Sumari (kushoto), wakitiliana saini na Taasisi isiyokuwa ya kiserikali ya Kids Finance na Tracy zilizoanzishwa na msichana wa miaka 11, Tracy Rabi, kwaajili ya makubaliano ya kufanya kazi pamoja yenye lengo la kuwasaidia watoto wa Kitanzania namna bora yamatumizi ya fedha na ujasiliamali wengine pichani ni Mkurugenzi Mtendaji wa Programu ya Mipango Lilian Makoi, Mwanzilishi wa program ya Natokaje kidigitali Gertrude Mligo, hafla hiyo imefanyika jijini Dar es Salaam.

Dar es Salaam | Taasisi isiyokuwa ya kiserikali ya Kids Finance na Tracy, zilianzishwa na msichana wa miaka 11, Tracy Rabi ambaye leo ametia saini mkataba wa makubaliano na Miss Tanzania wa zamani na mwanzilishi wa Jenga Hub, Nancy Sumari, kwa ajili ya ushirikiano wa kufanya kazi pamoja kwa kuwapa elimu ya kisasa watoto wa Kitanzania juu ya ujasiriamali nan a matumizi mazuri ya fedha.

Ushirikiano huo pia umejumuisha Natokaje Kidigitali, iliyoanzishwa na Getrude Mligo. Natokaje Kidigitali imekuwa ikijihusisha na watoto wenye umri wa kuanzia miaka 8 hadi 17 kwa kushirikiana na mfanyabiashara aliyepata mafanikio makubwa Mohammed Dewji na wakongwe kama Gillsant Mlaseko.

Wamekuwa wakiwapa watoto fursa ya kujifunza kutoka kwa watu wenye vipaji nchini.Nancy alisema kuwa amekuwa akiendesha taasisi yake kwa mafanikio makubwa katika kipindi cha zaidi ya miaka mitatu sasa na kuwasaidia kujifunza masuala mbalimbali ya kibiashara yanayokwenda sambamba na teknolojia ya kisasa.

Msichana mwenye umri wa miaka 11, Tracy Rabi, sio tu anaandika vitabu vya kifedha na ujasiriamali kwa watoto lakini pia alianzisha Maonyesho ya Uzoefu wa Ujasiriamali kwa Vijana wa Tanzania ambayo hukusanya pamoja watoto wenye miradi ya ujasiriamali ili kuonyesha na kuuza bidhaa zao kwa watoto wengine, kama njia ya watoto ya kujaribu na kujifunza ujuzi wa ujasiriamali tangu wakiwa na umri mdogo.

Taaisi hizi tatu zimeungana pamoja ili kutoa fursa ya aina yake kwa watoto wa Tanzania kuongeza nafasi ya kujifunza ujasiriamali na kuja kuwa wafanyabiashara wakubwa nchini.

Hii pia inakwenda sambamba na lengo la Serikali la kuhakikisha kuwa kizazi kijacho kinapata teknolojia na vifaa muhimu vya kisasa ili kuendanana na kasi ya teknolojia. Kuboresha upatikanaji wa teknolojia ni moja ambayo ni ajenda kuu ndani ya sekta ya mawasiliano haswa, kwa njia ambazo zinafaidisha vizazi vipya.

Kampeni hiyo inayoitwa Children Bootcamp, imeanzishwa mwaka huu ambapo inatarajia kusaidia watoto zaidi ya 200 kutoka katika maeneo mbalimbali ya Tanzania.

Ninaamini kwamba sio mapema kwa vijana kuanza kujifunza kuhusu biashara na fedha kama watoto, tunatumia zaidi ya miaka 16 shuleni kupata ujuzi wa kutusaidia kupata pesa, ni muhimu watoto wawezeshwe kupata pesa, kuweka pesa na ujuzi wa kukuza pesa, kuwasaidia kuepukana na umaskini au mitego ya madeni inayosababishwa na ukosefu wa elimu ya kifedha,” alisema Tracy Rabi.

Watoto wanatakiwa kuelewa hatua za awali za kuhifadhi fedha, thamani ya fedha, kuanzisha biashara na kujua mbinu za kuendesha biashara ambazo ni hatua muhimu kwa haki za binadamu,” alisema Rabi.

Tunafurahi pia tutakuwa na program za watoto na zinazopatikana Tracy Kids Finance ambaye zinaonyesha kuwa hata watoto wadogo wanaweza kupata ujuzi na kuwajengea mazingira ya kuwa wafanyabiashara wenye mafanikio. Ujuzi upo wa unapatikana katika ulimwengu tunaoishi kwa njia ya za kidijitali,” aliongeza.

Nancy Sumari aliongeza “Tumejipanga kuleta mapinduzi katika kuwajengea uwezo watoto kwenye vitengo vifuatavyo:

● Elimu ya Fedha
● Elimu ya Kidijitali
● Ujasiriamali
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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Vodafone renews its relationship with Workplace to build bridges in a hybrid world

 

Workplace will continue to help Vodafone bridge the distance between 90,000+ employees over the next 3 years.

While many businesses struggled to find ways to keep their people connected during one of the most disruptive times in recent history, Vodafone already had a secret weapon that helped it thrive in times of extreme uncertainty.

Thanks to the company's 2019 adoption of Workplace, Vodafone maintained a sense of connection and engagement among its global workforce. Not only that, it experienced growth in employee-led initiatives, campaigns and communities, as people rallied together.

Making it easy to connect people

Nurturing what was built during that unprecedented time now remains top of mind for 2021 and beyond, according to Vodafone CTO Johan Wibergh. “More than 90,000 of our employees worldwide use Workplace to keep in touch. With many of them currently working remotely, Workplace has become an invaluable central resource for us to connect with one another, stage live events, share information and collaborate on projects to help our customers. Above all, it is intuitive and accessible so our people can feel part of an inclusive community.

The last 18 months have certainly seen Vodafone make the most out of engagement and community-building features like Workplace Live and Groups. As a result, its global base of employees has been able to hold two-way conversations with leadership while also helping leaders be more transparent when communicating across the entire organization.

Building bridges

This sense of community and connection has had an enormously positive impact on employees staying connected during the pandemic, according to Vodafone’s Social Media and Channels Lead, Patrick Yui.

Thanks to Workplace, a significant number of employees have come to feel closer to one another now more than ever before - despite the physical distance that has kept them apart. For Vodafone, Workplace has been a game-changer during a time when people haven’t been able to meet physically.

We embarked on a series of activities under a banner called ‘Stay Connected with Nick’,” says Yiu of the company’s efforts to keep its people connected. “We have regular sessions and conversations about all areas of the business with our CEO, in conversation with other Vodafone employees and executives.

These interactive sessions also enable employees to comment and ask questions through Workplace. That level of direct access for any global employee is something that Vodafone didn’t capitalize on before.

Inspiring a common purpose

Vodafone also made full use of Workplace to help support employees’ mental health. In addition to live events timed to coincide with Mental Health Awareness week, Workplace was also used to drive participation in pulse surveys that gauged employee sentiment.

The platform helped Vodafone in asking people how they feel about working from home or if they had enough support on mental health and general wellbeing. Survey results were then converted into easy-to-consume graphics and posted on Workplace to give people an authentic feel for what their colleagues were saying and experiencing.

Putting the spotlight on Vodafone’s work with charities and good causes went a long way in boosting morale for the entire organization during the pandemic, too.

Connecting essential services like hospitals and schools is what Vodafone does every day. Vodafone used Workplace to inspire a sense of pride among employees by shedding light on minority voices from the Black Professional Network and LGBTQ+ communities and highlighting its work supporting communities through issues such as domestic violence or relief and assistance for countries experiencing natural disasters.

Adopting a ‘future-ready’ approach

Eighteen months into the pandemic, Vodafone is now looking at a "future-ready" approach to how, where and when people work. And Workplace is set to play an essential role in that strategy - whatever shape it may take. In particular, they plan to continue Live video to broadcast events that can engage employees in a mix of physical and virtual environments. By doing so, people can stay connected wherever they’re working.

Vodafone also wants to use the power of video to create a series of virtual office tours. By recording a series of walkthroughs at various offices and posting them in specific Workplace Groups, employees can experience what it will be like to be back in the work environment after an extended break. What's changed at the reception? What are the new security measures? And people can ask questions and share more details in the comments for everyone to see.

Whatever the future holds, Vodafone's goal remains the same - cultivating a thriving workforce that's informed, engaged and connected across the globe. And we're excited to watch how Workplace can help make that happen.

Julien Codorniou, VP, Workplace said: “Vodafone is a company that lives and breathes its future ready concept. By connecting its employees across the world with Workplace, Vodafone has maintained community during the pandemic while preparing for a new world of work. We are excited to continue powering Vodafone’s community through this renewal.
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