A big Thank you to all those companies that have decided not to cancel their meetings.
I’m delighted to hear from direct clients and agencies I’m honoured to work for, that European Works Councils (EWCs) have started postponing them to September-December 2020.
It’s great to feel buzzing again, to be able to tap on emails and to start planning Q4.
Tips for my fellow colleagues
We will meet again my lovely colleagues/conference interpreters, but let’s all look at the positive of having the alternative in the meantime: to use online platforms and provide remote interpreting when corona brings our fast-paced world to a halt.
There are many free webinars at the minute being offered by outstanding language professionals providing invaluable insights on perfect headsets and the necessary interpreting kits, best marketing strategies, web etiquette and useful and enlightening career secrets. And there are equally as many companies providing remote interpreting services.
This is the right time to capitalise on your time, update your CV, contact prospective clients and propose your bespoke services.
Tips for EWC organisers
- Organisation is vital when you are involved in EWCs.
- Share your EWC meeting schedule with your interpreter as soon as you have the new dates. It will be great for our sanity too! Eating so much chocolate is not good for the diet!
- Stay as organised as possible and book your interpreter well in advance.
- Keep booking your regular interpreters for each language combination.
In case you’re not aware, the European Works Council (EWC) is a cross border employees’ representation body for social dialogue and communication with management in multinational companies.
What are the benefits of EWC meetings?
All European Works Councils (EWC) want to be considered meaningful. From management to employees, every member wants their voice to be heard and their opinions counted.
EWC meetings facilitate the need for expression and are imperative in terms of European industrial relations.
EWCs are information and consultation bodies that represent European multinational companies. An EWC can only be established if the company operates in more than two member states, hires at least 1,000 employees, and has a minimum of 150 employees from two EU member states.
But what precisely are the benefits of European Works Councils meetings?
They enhance communication
EWCs present an original approach to granting information and consultation rights for the employees in a company. Employees are also given the opportunity to express their personal views and suggestions on the meeting’s matter/s at hand. Team work is essential in every company and one of the best ways to foster that is by hosting regular EWC meetings.
They strengthen your company
Everything from the progress of business to how it impacts employment and working methods are discussed at EWC meetings, which means MNCs are strengthening their businesses by staying up to date with the latest developments.
My message to all of you?
As terrible as this pandemic is, I encourage you to stay positive and productive during this challenging time.
Stay safe too, keep smiling and get ready for the rush of jobs when this is all over.
Tell me, how are you staying productive as an interpreter amid social distancing?