2020: Our People and Our Communities
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
As we all moved to working from home in March of this year, our message was clear – family first, work second. We’re still at home and still reinforcing that mantra, while our corporate responsibility committees have put in a massive effort to ensure we all take care of our own wellbeing while supporting local communities through a tough year.
A highlight for many of us was the LIT Gets Moving exercise challenge which ran over the summer months, run by our health and wellbeing committee LIT Balance – in all, 131 employees logged the equivalent of 36,674 miles! We’re bringing it back in January so stay tuned on our social channels for updates.
We launched our Pride @ LIT committee in Belfast in February - we didn't let working from home stop our Dublin launch and celebrating Pride with a difference this summer. Our committees kept us all up to date with useful resources about working from home, with LIT Balance helping us take care of our mental health, Women in Tech educating us on impostor syndrome and Green Scene helping us recycle and garden at home. We do it all with a sense of fun, even when Balance are putting us through fitness bootcamps... and they've another one lined up for the aftermath of Christmas in January!
In our communities, our fundraising committees continued to support The Welcome Organisation and Pieta House, raising over £24,000 and €11,000 respectively for these charities. Our employees got really creative in their fundraising efforts – we had competitions for Easter and Halloween, raffles, and virtual mini marathons, stair climbs and cycles. This was added to online donations, diversion of social club subscriptions and match funding from the business to achieve these great totals, which we know mean so much to our charities.
Participants in our Serve With Liberty Days worked with Dublin charity Inner City Helping Homeless to create a new app for their volunteers, which recently won a Digital Innovation Award at the Charities Institute Ireland awards. We continue to support Tech for Good Dublin and our STEM committee set themselves a challenge to design a world class work experience programme that could be delivered remotely - nothing stops us!
We’re really proud to have ended 2020 by retaining our Great Place to Work® Excellence in Wellbeing – while also placing in the UK and Ireland Great Place to Work® listings in the spring and coming fifth in Best Workplaces™ in Tech in October.
Thank you to all our employees who have made this possible – we’ll keep looking after ourselves and our communities in 2021.