Acquia remains committed to putting our people first, and once again we are thrilled to have earned a spot on the 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces™ list. Acquia is among an elite group of UK organizations recognized by employees for our healthy workplace culture. We showed that even when faced with challenges, we help each other remain positive and supported through resources and activities that encourage our team members to be their best. See how we celebrated this month with a wide variety of fun and educational virtual events and activities.
#CommittedToAwesome: Working with Humor and Confidence
April is National Humor Month, and Acquians were invited to kick off the month on April 1. The authors of the best-seller, “Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life”, Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, joined us for a conversation on how leaders in the workplace can utilize humor as a way to empower employees. The two also touched on the behavioral science of humor and how it is under-utilized as a means of promoting creativity.
Authors Naomi Bagdonas and Jennifer Aaker
Though Women’s History Month may be over, the quest for more knowledge and the recognition of women is an opportunity that should be encouraged every day. Acquia CMO Lynne Capozzi hosted two virtual discussions on “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know” by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman on April 7. Acquians were encouraged to grab a copy of the book before the event, where attendees conducted an in-depth conversation about the science of self-assurance. The first 60 people who registered were also given a free e-copy of the book! We’re hoping to continue these book club discussions to give Acquians the opportunity to grow their skillset and have conversations about important topics both about the workplace and beyond it.
#DareToBeDifferent: Promoting Diverse Experiences and Equal Opportunities
The Acquia Alliance of Black Leaders for Excellence, or AABLE, hosted a virtual event on April 9. The game, known as Factuality, was an interactive experience that simulated the experience of structural inequality in America. Attendees had the opportunity to conduct a facilitated discussion throughout the crash course as they assumed the identities of characters unlike themselves, encountering a series of fact-based advantages and limitations based on the intersection of their race, class, gender, faith, sexual orientation, age and ability.
Our Boston Talent Team also once again partnered with Year Up, a nonprofit program dedicated to providing resources and training to individuals from low-income and marginalized communities in order to bridge the Opportunity Gap. Our team worked with Year Up to provide a resume building session where over 150 interns in the cohort were able to get comprehensive feedback on what recruiters from their industry of choice like to see most on their resume.
#GiveBackMore: Earth Day 2021 Gardening Workshop
April 22 was Earth Day, and Acquians celebrated through a virtual gardening workshop! The event was hosted by Elizabeth Leider of Leider Greenhouses, who walked attendees through the do’s and don'ts of gardening, tips and tricks for getting your indoor and outdoor garden ready, some basics around indoor and outdoor planting and more!
On Friday, April 30, we also hosted a Zero Waste webinar event where Michelle Everitt, an environmental consultant who is passionate about sustainability and waste reduction, shared her tips for how we can reduce waste and practice more sustainable habits in our own lives.
See why Acquia is an award-winning workplace and check back next month to catch up on all the ways we’re encouraging employee well-being.