This year, in term of venue, we decided to break out of usual. We chose for the first time to hold the Convention in Grand Hyatt Hotel Kuala Lumpur. We invited both BE Champions and BE Scorecard Managers nationwide and the actual total number turned up on that day was close to 300 people.
Unlike previous events, this time around, there was no separate session for BE Champions and BE Scorecard Managers. For the day event, ‘Engagement Talk by Alphonse Peter’, all participants were sitting together. The purpose was for them to mingle and connect with each other and most importantly show the same high level of engagement and enthusiasm.Mr. Alphonse Peter, from Knowledge Edge (M) Sdn Bhd, a distinguished speaker and renowned engagement specialist was back by popular demand. He imparted his vast knowledge and experiences to the participants in the most entertaining ways. He told jokes, shared funny stories and engaged and inspired everyone in the room all at the same time. Everyone seemed so engrossed and drawn to his big personality.
Among topics that he covered for the whole day programme was based on the main theme of the convention, like Select Your Seed, Prepare The Soil and Plant The Seed, Remove The Weeds and Apply The Fertilizers, Enjoy The Flowers, Protect and Enjoy The Fruits. Engagement Talk lasted until 6.00pm and the participants then were given an hour and half break before the start of the next activity, Appreciation Dinner.
Appreciation Dinner was the time for the participants to relax and let their hair down after a long, tiring day. Entertainment for the night was provided by 5 former finalists of UOBM Annual Dinner’s The Voice competition led by 2012 winner, Kyra from LDC. Apart from the entertainment line-up, in between, the winner of BE@UOB T-shirt Design Contest has also been announced. The winner of 2014 BE@UOB T-shirt Design Contest is Ms. Pak Su Meng of Retail, T&O.
The night was officially ended on 10.30pm, but of course some of them decided to stay put a little bit longer for the next ‘unofficial’ activity – karaoke! Open Karaoke session was opened to everyone until very late in the evening. Everyone was looked so happy and seemed like they had the time of their lives. We ended the 2014 BE@UOB Convention with a bang – a roaring success for the committee and team that worked really hard behind the scene.
After 4 years journey together in building an enhanced employee engagement culture in the Bank, through this once-a-year Convention, we hope that everyone will come out truly inspired and empowered. And just like what Mr. Alphonse Peter said, ‘to enjoy the fruits, we must nurture the seeds of greatness within us’. Our journey is still far from over.