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Element’s Game Plan III: Connectivity

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Marc Healy, executive director of retail and marketing
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The warm summer months

are characterized by connectivity and community within The Element Group. There are happy hours on Friday where work ends a little bit early, the occasional impromptu company lunch excursions, or ice-cream social. Sometimes, someone will start up the grill for a company cookout.

Of course, none of this happened this time around. Instead, Element found fun and alternative ways to keep traditional summer activities alive despite being separated.

These ‘alternative ways’ first manifested through little goodie boxes with new glass mugs and chocolate as a bit of a pick-me-up during those first few weeks.

Nicole, Angela, Julia; William, Brian, Judy.

Nate decided to highlight the employees in their homes. He challenged them on Instagram to send in photos of their unique workspaces. Of course, some pets decided to join in on the fun!

Mac’s Post, see note below

Mac’s Post, see note below

The food and fellowship continued. Element decided to provide support for the employees and a local business of the individual employee’s choosing.

Element began this initiative by hosting lunch. Lunch continued for a few weeks, and once there was a short break, Element offered dinner as a treat to celebrate the three months of at-home work on June 12th.

 

Thanks for the shoutout Mac!

Thanks for the shoutout Mac!

It seemed to be well received!

In addition to the various meals, Element temporarily instituted a virtual happy hour, reminiscent of the office days. Already staying connected through daily team check-ins, some people took this opportunity to speak and participate in the conversation. Others were content to sit back and enjoy the experience.

In comparison, these check-ins provided a structure for each day. Not only did they allow for some casual conversation about what people were up to, but they also offered highly valuable insight into individual work. This group sharing established a new level of progress awareness for various projects, allowed for easy troubleshooting, increased creative conversation, and provided the opportunity for employees to highlight their work.

 

Georgia Foley enjoying Happy Hour @georgiaboxer2018

Georgia Foley enjoying Happy Hour @georgiaboxer2018

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Throughout the past three months, Element received multiple exercises in creativity and adaptability. This series was meant to shed light on Element’s work to practice what they preach amidst a suddenly changing landscape by thinking outside the box and continuing to move forward during the world’s considerable uncertainty.

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Written and Photographed by Bryn Baldasaro for The Element Group.

Edited by Nate Baldasaro.

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Author
Marc Healy
executive director of retail and marketing

Often greeted by the team as “Mr. HEALY!,” with all suitable pomp, Marc is known to be a positive force of nature in the office. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Business and a concentration in Finance, Marc proceeded to leap right into leadership positions. His career now spans over 35 years, with experience in marketing, sales, and finance.

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