Havas launches ‘be together’ pandemic initiative

Maha Obeid
By Maha Obeid | 23 September 2021
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Havas Village Australia has introduced be together, enabling staff to reconnect with loved ones for longer when domestic and international borders reopen.

The initiative, which reflects the Havas core value Better Together, gives staff from Host/Havas, Havas Media, Red Havas and One Green Bean the opportunity to work flexibly so they can reunite with those they have been separated from during two years of lockdowns, restrictions and border closures.

The policy applies from Christmas 2021 to the end of 2022. Staff can take up to one month out of the office, working remotely overseas or in Australia, to spend more time reconnecting with those they’ve missed most.

Host/Havas CEO Laura Aldington says be together reinforces team care and wellbeing.

“At Host/Havas, we pride ourselves on doing whatever we can to take care of the ‘whole person’, so it’s an absolute pleasure to introduce this policy and start to get our team back together with their loved ones next year, near and far,” Aldington says.

Havas Media Group CEO Virginia Hyland says the policy has a ripple effect for clients.

“Collectively, across the Havas Village, we’re joyous in enabling our wonderful teammates to connect with loved ones again and experience worldwide adventures for longer, whilst still delivering great work for clients.

“We know that supporting each other to live our best life will bring team stability and motivation which always translates into powerful ideas for our valued clients,” Hyland says.

Staff welcomed the initiative:

“As someone who has the bulk of her childhood friends and family on the other side of the world, the be together project is a true game changer for the quality of my life. It’s incredibly refreshing and inspiring to work for a company that backs with real tangible actions of their values, goes beyond words and demonstrates their people first culture boldly,” Havas Media Australia Head of Content Maria Casas says.

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