Levvel is an IT consulting firm that combines the innovative DNA of a start up with the wisdom, scalability, and process rigor of a Fortune 100 company. Levvel offers both technical implementation services as well as strategic advisory services and an unfair advantage over your competition with comprehensive services including DevOps, Cloud, Mobile, UI/UX, Big Data, Analytics, Payment Strategy, and more.

Website: levvel.io

Their Story

Levvel took on an initiative of transparency and empowerment for their people in an effort to encourage ground up movements within the company. To do this, a Senior Consultant was given the responsibility to focus on internal-facing diversity and inclusiveness initiatives. This role allowed her to fully use her skills and it also cultivated buy-in from a workforce that knows her well and greatly respects the work she does. This employee, along with other members of the leadership team were approached with new ideas for initiatives to take on. Ideas were generated and a calendar of events was created to organically encourage people to participate in causes and activities they felt strongly about. “As with anything like this, not all of the ideas generated can be pursued; but, with the right leadership oversight this undertaking has exceeded all expectations in a very short period of time. Internal initiatives have sprouted up ranging from Friday Tech Talks to an ugly Christmas sweater competition to a grassroots initiative to encourage veteran hires. As a company, these ground up campaigns have helped us achieve our business objectives across the board. With retention numbers high, our costs have gone down and our employee satisfaction has led to a pipeline of strong recruits brought to the company by our existing employees.”

Their Advice

“Initiatives like this cannot be forced. You need to create a groundswell that leaves the workforce excited to participate rather than feeling forced to.There’s a careful balance that needs to be struck between feeding the groundswell and not over legislating the process. A simple method like a Trello board provides enough transparency to allow for company ­wide participation and the right amount of oversight necessary to keep things on track. The last piece is probably the most challenging: creating a culture of trust and collaboration.”

Submitted 2017