By Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International
Today marks RSM International’s 10th year of celebrating RSM World Day.
Established a decade ago as an annual event, RSM World Day provides colleagues around the world an opportunity to celebrate our diverse and dynamic global community.
Each year, Member Firms have been able to take part in activities both locally and globally, which have enabled colleagues to make new connections, and importantly, have fun.
Our theme for the event this year is ‘Connected by our Community’. Never has this been more important than it is today. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devasting impact on many societies, economies, businesses and personal lives. When I look back over the last 12 months since the last RSM World Day, I am proud of the efforts of our RSM team and the strong and supportive community that has galvanised through a common sense of purpose.
During times of change and volatility, there are always obstacles to overcome. Despite the recent challenges, we have embraced new ways of working; brought innovative solutions to the table; and introduced creative ways to effectively collaborate and communicate as a global organisation.
The new world of work has seen us all overcome unprecedented communication and connectivity issues, and I am thrilled that through our inclusive approach to global events, including RSM World Day, our colleagues have been able to foster new, and enhance existing, working relationships. This was the ethos behind the event when it was first launched, and I am pleased to say that this is still true 10 years on.
Our strong network of global professionals has proven to be an asset and strength during this period of disruption. Regardless of location, cultural differences or working styles, it is clear that we share the same values, goals and common sense of purpose. That said, while we are proud of our strong and supportive global community, we understand the importance of remembering that maintaining strong connections requires intention, a willingness to listen, learn and understand.
That is why we place a high importance on offering our people opportunities for continuous learning and networking, and a chance to engage with their colleagues across the globe through our fantastic RSM International network. RSM World Day is a great example of this. RSM World Day will be followed by our Women in Leadership Summit on 10 November and our annual RSM World Conference on 7-9 December – both of which will be open to all 48,000 people globally, as we are truly connected by our community.