Days of Cultures in Nordic & Baltic region – fun, interesting and valuable!
News Article -- December 21, 2015
“We are all the same and we are all different”
The whole November the initiative “Days of Cultures” was buzzing around in order to assure this topic was heard and understood by our employees. The project took place in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Lithuania and included the following activities:
- Participation in the “Days of Cultures” photo contest.
Everyone was able to share themed photos, collect likes and win CSC prizes. In total, 28 employees participated, scoring overall 423 votes.
- Greeting colleague by a postcard.
This activity allowed us to surprise colleagues abroad by sending warm greetings in hand writing. Approximately 150 postcards were sent!
- Answering the survey “Nordic & Baltic Cultural Taboos”.
The survey was initiated in order to reveal cultural similarities and differences, what cultural stereotypes surround us and how we are perceived by our colleagues. To sum up, 92 employees completed the survey.
- Joint breakfast.
Employees gathered to the cultural breakfast which was full of colleagues’ video greetings, tasty snacks and other surprises. The breakfast was organized in 8 Nordic & Baltic region offices!
- Webinar “Working in the Nordic & Baltic”.
The Friday Lunch & Learn webinar wrapped up the topic and summarized the activities that were organized during the whole month. 60 employees joined to listen to the intercultural specialist talking about these important issues.
Why did we do all of that? The main goal of this initiative was to provide an opportunity to our employees to get to know colleagues aside the table, office or the country better, and to learn to work more effectively together. The project has been initiated for the first time in all four countries and received a great feedback:
“A program that has definitely come to stay in Nordic and Baltic. It is important that we’re constantly aware of our cultures – in this way we get a better understanding of each other.“ – says Charlotte Lundblad, HR Director Nordic & Baltic Region.
The initiative have created a lot of positive emotions and brought the attention to multicultural environment we are all working in. “Hopefully this cycle of events got us closer to each other and now it is only the Baltic Sea which separates us.” – shares thoughts the lead of the project Dovile Radvilaviciute.