Putting people at the heart of hybrid work: Zoom to acquire Workvivo to bolster the employee experience offering

The employee communication and engagement platform will give Zoom customers new ways to keep employees informed, engaged, and connected in today’s hybrid work model

Zoom and Workvivo

Zoom announces intent to acquire Workvivo

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Behind work are workers. Real everyday people. People who work to live, not live to work. People who need a sense of belonging. It’s a simple concept that often gets forgotten as priorities and demands take over the workday.

With workforces looking much different than they did just a few years ago, leaders need to think differently to retain talent and maintain company culture. Today’s workforce is hybrid and distributed – with people working from home, in an office, at a remote location, on the frontlines of a retail floor or warehouse, as a pilot or flight attendant in an airplane, a nurse in a healthcare clinic, or anything in between. In fact, 70% of US employees are frontline workers. They are people who want to feel connected to their colleagues and leaders – no matter where they work. Engaging employees and driving culture through connection is no longer a ‘nice to have’ – it’s imperative for success in today’s business environment.

Zoom is excited to announce the acquisition of Workvivo to extend Zoom’s platform and offer its customers new ways to keep employees informed, engaged, and connected.

Founded in 2017, Workvivo provides a modern, feature-rich employee experience platform, combining advanced internal communication and engagement tools, a social intranet, and an employee app, all blended into one central hub, forming the heart of a company’s digital ecosystem. Workvivo’s best-in-class offering has seen triple-digit growth in the last three years and is used and trusted by hundreds of customers worldwide, from SMBs to some of the world’s most well-known brands, including Liberty Mutual, Lululemon, Ryanair, Madison Square Garden, and Wynn Resorts.

“We are excited to welcome the Workvivo team to Zoom. The power of Workvivo employee experience platform, with its robust communications and engagement offering combined with Zoom’s all-in-one collaboration platform, allows organizations to fully unlock the potential of their employees and evolve their company culture in a hybrid world,” said Kelly Steckelberg, chief financial officer at Zoom. “Workvivo has set the standard for employee communications, helping businesses reach and engage millions of employees worldwide. Workvivo prioritizes ease-of-use and simplicity of design, offering the best user experience which is a perfect match to Zoom’s DNA.”

“Zoom’s rapid pace of innovation and the persistent dedication to building products with a human-first mindset is why we are most excited about joining the team,” said John Goulding, CEO and co-founder at Workvivo. “Our platform replaces outdated, clunky, internal communications tools with a vibrant, familiar social experience, and has a proven history of unparalleled levels of adoption. With Zoom, we can build great things together, make teamwork more meaningful, and extend collaboration beyond knowledge workers, allowing us to reach employees who have historically felt disconnected from the company.”

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Workvivo is an employee experience platform designed to inform, engage and connect employees everywhere.

Workvivo is an employee experience platform designed to inform, engage and connect employees everywhere.

With this acquisition, Zoom continues its evolution to provide the best end-to-end collaboration platform focused on enabling modern work and powering the digital-first workplace.

Following the close of the transaction, Zoom plans to incorporate Workvivo’s capabilities into its platform to deliver a best-in-class, employee experience. Workvivo’s founders John Goulding and Joe Lennon, and the entire Workvivo team, will be instrumental in driving employee experience innovation strategy.

The transaction is expected to close in Q1 FY2024. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Zoom
Zoom is an all-in-one intelligent collaboration platform that makes connecting easier, more immersive, and more dynamic for businesses and individuals. Zoom technology puts people at the center, enabling meaningful connections, facilitating modern collaboration, and driving human innovation through solutions like team chat, phone, meetings, omnichannel cloud contact center, smart recordings, whiteboard, and more, in one offering. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Get more info at zoom.com.

About Workvivo
Workvivo is an employee experience platform designed to inform, engage and connect employees everywhere. Workvivo works with organizations globally across multiple industries, including Bupa, TELUS International and Everton FC. Read more at www.workvivo.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking information related to Zoom and Workvivo and the acquisition of Workvivo by Zoom that involves substantial risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Forward-looking statements in this communication include, among other things, statements regarding the potential benefits of the proposed transaction for Zoom, Workvivo and their respective customers, Zoom’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to the proposed transaction, Zoom’s ability to offer the best end-to-end collaboration platform, the financial condition, results of operations and business of Zoom, and the anticipated closing of the proposed transaction. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “project,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “can,” “predict,” “potential,” “target,” “explore,” “continue,” or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. By their nature, these statements are subject to numerous uncertainties and risks, including factors beyond our control, that could cause actual results, performance or achievement to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the statements, including: risks related to the ability of Zoom to consummate the proposed transaction on a timely basis or at all, Zoom’s ability to successfully integrate Workvivo’s operations and personnel, Zoom’s ability to implement its plan, forecasts and other expectations with respect to Workvivo’s business after the completion of the transaction, the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction, and continued uncertainty regarding the extent and duration of the impact of COVID-19 and the responses of government and private industry thereto, including the potential effect on Zoom’s user growth rate as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic tapers. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements described under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere are in Zoom’s most recent filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made and are based on information available to Zoom at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events. Zoom assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, except as required by law.

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30-year-old cocaine addict cries for help as death stares him in the face

Some Ghanaian youth have found themselves in life-threatening situations due to their addiction and abuse of alcohol or hard drugs.

According to medical experts, people who find themselves addicted to drugs and alcohol mostly experience various challenges such as family problems, accidents, criminal conduct, violence, homicide/suicide, cardiovascular diseases, cirrhosis (a late-stage liver disease), and mental disorders.

This is the story of 30-year-old Kofi Owusu, who in 2007, travelled from Akyem Swedru to Accra in pursuit of greener pastures.

Unfortunately for him, the person he picked as his best friend upon arrival in Accra, during his engagement as a trotro mate, introduced him to hard drugs, i.e., cocaine.

He narrated his story to Kofi Adoma on Kofi TV, which was monitored by GhanaWeb.

“I am a light-skinned person and a school dropout. I came to Accra for greener pastures and to serve as a trotro mate. I come from a poor family. I came to Accra in 2007. When I came from Akyem Swedru to Accra, I was really handsome.

“In the course of work, I met one guy who was also a mate. He was the one who taught me how the work is done, so he became my good friend and brother.

“That guy sniffed cocaine, so he introduced me to it. My life has never been the same, ever since I started taking cocaine,” he told Kofi Adoma.

Though he said the drug, which used to be sold at GHC10, is now GHC30, he cannot live without it as it has become an important thing for his survival.

“I started buying one piece for GHC10 but it has become expensive, it is now GHC30. It is very small in quantity. But without it, walking will be very difficult,” he said.

He narrated that, bathing has become even more problematic because the drug, as he explained, hates water.

“The drug hates water, the water vanishes it anytime you take it. It’s been 2 weeks since I had a bath, you can even smell the sharp scent coming from my body. I would love to bathe, shave my hair, and change my clothes, but I cannot,” he confessed.

Kofi Owusu added that he is on the verge of death because of the constant intake of the hard drug.

“I sleep under the overhead, I have been there for years. I really want to stop, so I am pleading with Ghanaians to help me. I want to stop, but I cannot do that. There are days I try, but I end up going back. Even if I decide to go back, money for transportation will be a problem. My mom is very old. I am on the verge of death,” he begged.

Source: Ghana Web

Leaked document: Health Ministry institutes timetable for elevator usage due to economic hardship

The Ministry of Health has instituted a schedule for the usage of elevators at its head office in Accra.

In a memo dated March 31, 2023, the administrators of the ministry indicated that the move was necessitated because of the current financial challenges the government is facing.

The authorities, in the memo sighted by GhanaWeb, said that no staff was to use the lift for movements between the 1st floor and the 3rd floor.

It added that Tuesdays and Thursdays are ‘no lift days’, meaning all movements in the building, which has about seven floors, will be without the elevators.

“As you are aware, the country is going through some Economic Restructuring. This situation has impacted on Government’s financial releases to all Public Sector Institutions.

“Management has also noticed the huge amount of funds expended on maintaining the Ministry’s facilities including the elevators.

“This situation is impacting negatively on the finances of the Ministry and has therefore become necessary for Management to regulate the use of the elevator by introducing the following: No use of the elevator from the 1st to the 3 floors. No lift days on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” parts of the memo read.

Source: Ghana Web

Easter Festivities: Post-holiday stress can badly affect you – Clinical Psychologist

A Clinical Psychologist and lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Jonathan Odame has advised holidaymakers to make time to have enough rest and destress since post-holiday stress can have dire consequences on their health and well-being.

Speaking on GTV’s morning show hosted by guest host, MOG Music, Dr. Odame explained that untreated stress can have far-reaching health implications on people, advising persons suffering from stress as a result of the merrymaking during the Easter festivities ought to seek appropriate care.

“It[ post-holiday stress] can really affect you. When you’re going through stress itself, there is a toll on the body. And stress affects the mind and body. So when you’re going through this form of stress, you can’t concentrate on your things [tasks]; you always have that low energy to do things; you tend to sometimes always sleep; you lose interest in activities because of the pressure put on you…you can have physical symptoms where people may be having a lot of heartbeats; they can’t sleep well; and even emotional symptoms where people can’t concentrate and become forgetful,” he said.

“Stress, if untreated can really affect you. We have [debilitating] headaches. And people who go through a lot of stress may even be having stomach problems. So there are a lot of health implications if you you’re not able to manage your stress levels,” he added.

He recommended that people who are stressed eat well-balanced diets, rest enough and undertake physical exercises to destress.

“There is the need to eat very very well, rest and engage yourself in some few exercises,” he advised.

Many Ghanaians take advantage of the Easter holidays to, among others engage in stressful but enjoyable activities such as partying, picnicking and travelling.

Source: Ghana Web

Pregnant woman collapses after her son drowns

A pregnant mother in her ninth month fell after learning that her 2-year-old son had drowned.

The tragic incident occurred in Kasoa Asempa Down in the Central Region.

The pregnant mom is claimed to have fallen after viewing the lifeless body of her son, Lawoe Sejafa.

The child is said to have perished in a manhole.

Asempa Down Zonal Nadmo Coordinator, Christopher Appiah, confirmed the tale, saying the youngster was playing in the compound when the terrible incident occurred.

According to Christopher Appiah, one of the tenants, a clergyman, dug the manhole but neglected to close it.

The expectant mother is being treated at the Kasoa Polyclinic.

The boy’s lifeless body has been lodged at the St. Gregory Hospital while the New Market Police Station conducts an inquiry.

“I received a call about the incident,” he explained. I raced to the location and found out it was real. There had already been an incident in the vicinity, and the police were investigating. They arrived on the scene to find the minor had fallen into the manhole. We were told that the youngster was having fun and had slipped into the manhole. The landlord in the House told me that a renter who is a pastor dug the pit but forgot to install safety measures.”

Source: Ghana Web

‘Karela United very prepared for Sunday’s game against Medeama’ – PRO

Karela United PR Officer, Samuel Enyan, has declared his team’s readiness for their upcoming Ghana Premier League clash against Medeama SC on Sunday.

The match, which is a 2022/23 season matchday 26 fixture of the league, is expected to be a crucial one for both teams.

Speaking to New Day FM ahead of the game, Enyan assured fans of Karela United that his side is well prepared for the challenge ahead.

He acknowledged the difficulty of the match against their regional rivals but promised a positive response from the players.

“We are very prepared for this coming Sunday’s game,” Enyan said. “They should keep praying for us. It won’t be an easy game, but hopefully, they should look forward to a positive result. We will do our best and take the three points.”

Karela United are currently placed 11th on the league table with 32 points after 25 games. However, the team is hopeful of securing a win against Medeama SC, which would be crucial in their bid to climb up the league standings.

Source: Ghana Web

Mfantseman NPP 1st Vice-Chairman resigns

Gabriel Amoah, the 1st Vice-Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Mfantseman Constituency of the Central Region has resigned.

The 44-year-old entrepreneur told the Ghana News Agency he tendered in his resignation letter on Friday, March 31, and was received by Evans Osei, the Constituency Secretary, and copied to all appropriate quarters.

Though he could not deny or confirm his widely speculated intention to contest the Parliamentary slot, he was optimistic about working hard with the constituency leadership to stretch the NPP’s political fortunes in the 2024 election.

Having served the party with dedication and commitment across the ranks, Mr. Amoah said it behooved on him to go all out to mobilise the grassroots to make the constituency a stronghold of the NPP.

Elated with his resignation, he said: “After a painstaking effort and a wide consultation and deliberations across the party, I have decided to resign to work assiduously to maintain the political gains of the party in the constituency.

“I want to use this platform to remind all that energizing the base of the party is key and fundamental to the victory of the NPP in the 2024 elections.”

To him, Mfantseman is the heartbeat of the NPP and political activism in Ghana hence, he was prepared to sacrifice his resources not only to save the party in the area but make the party more attractive.

Considering the interesting history of parliamentary candidates of NPP in the Constituency, Amoah called on the supporters of the party to embark on a massive grassroots mobilization campaign to get more people on board.

That, he said, was the surest way to ensure a resounding victory for the party in the 2024 elections.

For the youth, he said: “As the youth of the NPP, we may have a tougher responsibility, but breaking the eight is a must-do for us. We must convince Ghanaians that changing a productive regime merely because it has lasted for eight years is not healthy for a country that seeks progress.

“We must prove beyond any reasonable doubt to Ghanaians why the party must not go after its two-term regime cycle. Beyond singing the chorus of ‘Breaking the Eight’, we must critically engage our minds forthwith,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

Kumawu by-election: I’m the residents’ choice to lead NPP – Dr. Aboagye Dacosta

Aspiring Member of Parliament of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the vacant Kumawu Constituency seat, Dr Dacosta Aboagye, has asserted that he is the right man for the honourable position in the next general election.

According to the aspirant who is the Director of Health Promotion at the Ghana Health Service, he is the delegates’ alternative in the area.

Dr Aboagye Dacosta picked and filed his nomination form to contest the parliamentary primaries slated for Sunday, April 23, 2023, as the NPP seeks to elect a parliamentary candidate to contest in the Kumawu constituency by-election in the Ashanti Region.

The by-election has been necessitated following the demise of the sitting MP, Philip Atta Basoah, who died on March 27, 2023, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Parliament, before adjourning sittings for the Easter holidays, through the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, on April 3, declared the Kumawu seat vacant and directed the Electoral Commission (EC) to commence processes for a by-election.

Eight people including five NPP members— Dr Aboagye inclusive—will contest the seat. The rest are a former Kumawu MP Yaw Baah, Edward Kofi Osei, Dr Philip Bannor, Ernest Yaw Anim, Madam Ama Serwaa, Kwame Appiah-Kubi, and Osei Hweree Kwame Bempah.

Meanwhile, the date for the primaries is yet to be fixed by the EC.

Ahead of the polls, Dr Aboagye Da Costa, a native of Kumawu-Bodomase said he is convinced of becoming victorious because he is loved and embraced by the people.

“Let me tell you something, just recently after I declared my intention to contest the vacant seat, almost, everybody in the constituency started calling and asking me to go all out as I have their full support. In fact, they are the ones demanding I contest.

“And if you analyze the dynamics, it is encouraging because just last weekend when I visited the constituency the residents greeted me massively, everyone just wanted to see me – they can attest to my outstanding job done during the coronavirus era in the country,” he told Wonder Gee on the Anopa Bofo morning show, Friday, April 23, 2023.

He opined that with his youthful exuberance coupled with the vast experience gathered in the health sector, and the humanitarian field among others at both local and the international front, he fits to lead the NPP when given the nod at the primaries.

“I’m known everywhere in this country whenever my name is mentioned, so I can help the constituency and that is exactly what they [constituents] want. Looking at my youthfulness, they need someone to learn from, they need someone who will guide them because at most times they lack direction” Dr Dacosta added.

He was hopeful the love shown him by the people in the leadup to the primaries would translate into votes to enable him to represent the constituency in parliament and serve them diligently.

As a native of Kumawu-Bodomase, Dr Aboagye Da Costa, in 2021 was honoured by the Nananom of the area with a “Golden Citizen Award” for his philanthropic and humanitarian work.

Source: Ghana Web