During the week of October 19th, the Philippines was struck by typhoon Haima that affected most of the northern parts of the country. The typhoon – given the local name Lawin – brought powerful sustained winds and massive rainfall to areas like Isabela, Cagayan and Benguet while also drawing many comparisons to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Although Manila and Diversify felt very minimal effects of the storm, Haima affected an estimated 60,000 families and caused over $52 million in damages.
On October 25th, a donation drive was formed in Diversify to gather and send relief goods to those affected by Typhoon Haima. The initiative, led by our own Mary Ann Ronquillo, sought to gather donations from anyone in Diversify over the next few days, whether it was food, clothes or toys for children. Monetary donations were also accepted in order to purchase other essentials like canned goods, food packs, biscuits, toiletries, mosquito repellent coils and medicines. Water purification tablets were also sent since there was also a shortage of drinking water in the affected areas.
For Mary Ann, a Digital Marketing Coordinator at Diversify, the initiative also had some personal motivations behind it.
“My mom lives in Tuguegarao City (one of the major areas affected by Haima), and this was my way of saying thank you for keeping her safe amidst the super typhoon.”
Knowing that help had not arrived in some of the remote areas of Cagayan and relief goods were short at the time, she coordinated with a friend who was a councilor in one of the affected areas who was also overseeing a feeding program there. She recounts that the donations were supposed to be sent along with people who were going home to Cagayan. However, with the overwhelming number of contributions coming from Diversify and from friends Mary Ann had also asked help from, there simply wasn’t enough space in the transport to carry all the boxes at once. Instead, the relief goods were shipped through a bus company that offered courier services. Arriving on October 30th, the donations were picked up and repacked that night a team.
In total, the relief goods served at least 50 households. The teams who distributed the goods sent Mary Ann their regards and their heartfelt thanks to the people who donated.
Despite the severe damage brought about by Super Typhoon Haima, most of the people survived with a significantly lower number of casualties compared to Typhoon Haiyan. The bigger challenge now is for the community to recover from this calamity, but Filipinos have always been very resilient by nature.
On Friday July 29th, we celebrated the opening of our brand new office space, the launch of our new Diversify website and the rebranding of the company as a premiere offshoring service provider in the Philippines.
Located in the new 24/7 McKinley Building within the rapidly developing Bonifacio Global City, the new office space redefines the concept of the traditional offshoring facility.
The new fit-out has been designed to be welcoming, foster innovation and collaboration and build a culture that drives performance.
Ultimately, the new facility has been shaped as a place our people are proud to work at and underpins our commitment to giving you access to this workforce of the future; your extended global workforce based in the Philippines.
To commemorate the launch of both our new brand and the new facility we held a party in the rooftop space of our new building. With some of our valued clients, partners and a huge number of employees in attendance, we wanted to make sure we marked the moment.
To kick off the celebrations clients and business partners were taken on a tour of the new facility before being taken to the rooftop area to celebrate with the rest of the Diversify team.
The new office space redefines the concept of the traditional offshoring facility
During the event, we reflected on the successes of the past year – a new brand & website, our second facility and continued growth. None of it would be possible without our dedicated staff and clients and we shared our thanks with them. It was a wonderful night of food, laughter and entertainment where we were even treated to an incredible performance by one of our very own team members.
The evening was also an opportunity to give everyone a first look at our new corporate video. Check it out here!
We also had a film crew in attendance, and in the coming days, we’ll share some of the great footage and photos from the event.
It was a wonderful night of food, laughter and entertainment
With our brand new, well-equipped location, we are more than excited to give businesses an opportunity to get started with offshoring. We want to help you develop your business further with an offshoring staff that is skilled, hardworking and motivated. If you have an interest in offshoring for your business or want to learn more about it, get in touch with us today to learn more.
They say if you love what you do then you will never work a day in your life. I always find that if the organisation you work for takes the time to build a fun, collaborative and positive working environment then it is far easier to enjoy coming into the office each day. I believe this is engagement at a deeper more emotional level, surpassing just the execution of my position but embracing the opportunity to develop relationships with my colleagues and clients (hopefully for a long time). You can probably gather that workplace culture is very important to me. Over here in the Philippines, your work colleagues and clients become a second family so the quicker the relationships can be developed, both internally and externally, the better! I learned all of this during our recent Halloween party at Diversify.
I have only just joined the team at Diversify but I already feel like a member of the family. The moment I stepped through the doors, I was welcomed with open arms. The work has been diverse and my colleagues warm and receptive! Better yet, I scored my invite to one of the hottest tickets on the Diversify social calendar: the annual Halloween extravaganza. The sense of excitement and anticipation whenever a large event at Diversify is on the horizon is intoxicating and really does get everyone talking and working together. I cannot emphasise the impact that having a range of internal annual events scheduled throughout the year has on employee engagement and satisfaction. It really drives and motivates us throughout the working week and in the case of the Halloween extravaganza, we were organized into teams with key themes and the incentive of winning! Needless to say, the days leading up to event were electric as we all raced to prepare (making sure that the other teams didn’t know what we were doing).
Sharing our excitement, plans and thoughts also passed on to our clients who were eager to see how we did and look at the photos of the night.
The 2015 event was a little different as each team was provided with a little area to which they were responsible for creating a space reflecting this year’s theme, “Carnival.” On the day of the event, each team assembled at their designated bays and the creativity and innovativeness usually seen during the working week was on display! Terrifying, fun, weird and downright disturbing are all words that come to mind as carnival elements were assembled across the floor, such as balloon pop games, murder mystery games and the general scaring of people (as the costumes were actually scary).
As our new CEO Angela Vidler is in town for two months she made sure she came along to witness the festivities. As Angela had not attended one of these events in person before, she was quite shocked and impressed (as well as being a little bit scared) at how much we all got into the theme and how great our themed areas were! On the 30th of October, judging commenced as each team’s costumes and displays were reviewed. Each team had to explain their concepts and provide a backstory as to why they opted on creating the display for the evening, obviously relating it back to the theme.
The judges tasked with the exceptionally difficult job of selecting the winner were Angela Vidler; Jez Batulan ourOperations Manager and Daniel Fresco our IT Manager.
While waiting for the judges to reveal their decision, Diversify employees waited in anticipation whilst reveling in the electric atmosphere, passing comment on the great stalls and costumes and enjoying the range of carnival themed food and mini games to end the Halloween event.
I guess you’re all wondering which team were declared winners? Well after a lengthy deliberation (which apparently went down to the wire), the winners were:
1st Place Perya (a dark Filipino carnival)
This space was inspired by the Philippines’ local carnival with a dark twist presented by the members of Archers, Bentley’s, Capitol, Hynes Legal, Medland, Ticketfire and Turner & Townsend Thinc teams.
2nd Place Carnevil
The AMBS Solutions teams developed a deceptively fun space where the motive was to murder unsuspecting visitors.
3rd Place Death Wheel
This space was set up by the Dingu Blue team who created a ‘shoot the target’ game with popping balloons the aim for visitors.
Ran Perez, a Diversify employee and one of the masterminds behind winning space Perya could not hide his glee when discussing his team’s win:
“The victory was unexpected. I’m glad we have events like this where we can showcase our creativity and work as a team. We’re looking forward to more Diversify events like this”.
After sharing some laughs with colleagues and taking a few pictures with fellow teammates in their costumes, the Halloween event ended successfully with the staff going home with smiles on their faces.
Over the past two years, Diversify has experienced significant strides that have made it grow into a top offshoring company. We have achieved this by focusing on high quality tailored solutions underpinned by a culture of innovation, excellence, and continuous improvement.
To support our growth and development, we have increased the depth of our leadership team with Angela Vidler joining us as the new CEO. Angela will work alongside Managing Director Robert Hynes to ensure that as the business continues to grow, we stay committed to achieve our strategic business goals, whilst maintaining and improving operational efficiency.
Angela holds both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Business and has extensive experience working for large professional services businesses, including PwC and King & Wood Mallesons. She has a deep understanding and knowledge of finance, human resources management, and general management issues having held a range of key executive positions throughout her career to date.
Angela’s proven multi-disciplinary experience ensures that Diversify’s key functions operate in an integrated process-driven manner. This integrated approach ensures that more time can be invested in increasing client service levels and promoting growth at Diversify.
A team dedicated to deliver
Angela will work closely with Robert to grow, develop and deliver the most innovative solutions for your offshore workforce. Increased focus will be placed on investing the time and effort into not only making Diversify grow, but enabling your business to extract the most value from your offshore business strategy.
Feet on the ground
Practical, on the ground interaction is the only true way to promote innovation, identify improvements and build relationships. As such, Angela will be based in Manila from now until December. During her stay, she will immerse herself in Diversify’s day to day operations and further develop her understanding of the Philippine offshoring market.