At Vermilion, we employ a number of communication channels to ensure everyone understands Vermilion’s corporate goals and the key role they play in helping to achieve them.
Being the best requires strong communication and sharing, which is why we have a culture of respectful, open, two-way communication at Vermilion. Leaders make themselves available to staff, and staff feel comfortable approaching leaders. Through the annual Great Place to Work® survey – an excellent feedback tool in and of itself - our people often tell us that they value the approachability of our leaders at Vermilion, and that they feel heard.
We understand that nothing beats face time, so members of our senior leadership team make visits to our field and international business unit locations.
Recognizing that frequent and timely business updates are very important, we have moved from at least two staff updates per year, to quarterly town halls. These meetings, in which members of the executive present our progress and plans, are videotaped and webcasted worldwide for the benefit of staff who are not located at our corporate headquarters. A staff interactive/survey component is often included so that staff can help generate ideas and provide feedback. These components are an excellent way for questions, concerns and suggestions to be raised, with the knowledge that there will be post-meeting follow-up that often includes incorporation of the staff feedback into ongoing company strategy discussion.
Our bilingual corporate intranet, launched in 2013, has proven to be a great success. Content generation and publishing is a shared responsibility amongst stakeholders from across the organization, and we take a very managed approach to ensuring the editorial content remains fresh and informative. We believe this is a large reason why traffic to the employee portal continues to remain high. For example, our unique visitors to the intranet in Q1 2015 increased by 14% compared to Q1 2014.We leverage functionality in SharePoint to help our staff connect and collaborate across the globe. Throughout 2014 and into 2015, there continues to be strong uptake of Team Site and Forms functionality by Operations, HSE, Engineering and Corporate teams in their day-to-day work activities.
As a high-performing, global organization, Vermilion utilizes an integrated, web-based system called Workday to manage all people-related data globally. Workday is a people information system that enables employees to easily manage their personal information while providing leaders access to required information on their staff and teams.
This system supports our focus on 'Extraordinary People', one of the six key matters of importance that comprise our 2020 Vision, by providing staff immediate access to information they need.