Winner: Daman Award for Biggest Impact and Workplace of the Year Award

Do's:

1. Obtain leaders’ buy-in for employees to know they are supported. Train them on initiatives and empower them to lead the initiatives. This will empower employees to feel comfortable and know they have management support

2. Large organizations can be heavy on processes and may take time to change. Act like an owner – take risks. Don’t wait for everything be perfect and aligned with processes. Just get it done and launch the initiatives even if they are not perfect. Work on perfecting it after the launch

3. COLLABORATE – involve and engage as many departments and stake holders as possible to obtain their support. Don’t try to accomplish everything within just one department

4. Create committee that consists of a champion representing each department of the organization

5. Roll out a survey to measure the impact of the initiatives and create a focus group. Hold quarterly discussion on the projects – whats going well, what can be improved, etc.

6. Use your internal communication tools effectively. Work closely with your internal comms teams to promote initiatives and raise awareness

Don'ts:

1. Budget availability can be a constraint – don’t depend on budgets or wait to have it approved. Brain storm around many free of cost campaigns that you can enroll. Use internal teams to share their activities and talents with others free of charge

2. Don’t impose initiative without explaining – why. Allow employees to be a part of the project building process and welcome their ideas

3. Do not schedule long meetings. Focus on 15, 30- or 45-minute meeting springs. Be straight to the point during the meeting and be effective

4. Sharing of best practices – sometimes we tend to re-invent the wheel. Reach out to your colleagues and share what activities they already have in place. You can replicate the same and use less energy and time on it compared to recreating it

5. Limit emails – try to focus more on face to face, phone discussions rather than sending emails. Personal touch gives better results