David Glennon: Celebrations like the Coronation help to further engage staff

Post-pandemic we appreciate more than ever the value of in-person connection, and as a company we are increasingly looking for opportunities to get people together in-person; to build relationships and connect with colleagues from other teams across the business.

Socials are a great way to achieve this, and while there is still a place for those more traditional company-wide socials such as Christmas and summer parties, our dynamic community team have been looking at new ways to get people together in more informal settings such as ‘Puzzled Pint’ games evenings, ad-hoc beer and pizza evenings, and monthly ‘news and views’ updates.

This year, to mark the King’s Coronation, our London office will come together to celebrate The Great Traybake Off, inviting employees to flex their baking skills and get together to try some sweet and savoury homemade treats, with prizes for the winning bakes.

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Diversity and inclusion is on the agenda for many businesses at the moment, and we are no different. We have an incredibly diverse workforce and have found that social events like this can help take diversity and inclusion off the page and into something tangible and fun; whether it is doughnuts for Hanukkah, rainbow bagels during Pride, and our Coronation traybake. Regardless of where someone is from or their beliefs, whether a republican or a royalist, most people enjoy food and having a chat with colleagues. Our role is to make it a little easier by providing opportunities to do so.

David Glennon is rewards manager at Trayport