In July, about two dozen Trueliners gathered on the rooftop of a downtown Portland bowling alley on an overcast, then rainy, Tuesday night. It was the first time since mid-2020 this many of our team members were in one place.
For some of us, it was a chance to re-connect with colleagues we hadn’t seen in more than a year. For others, it was an opportunity to meet someone in person after speaking for months on Microsoft Teams. We shared hot food and cold drinks, conversation and laughter. Several of us continued the evening playing a bar trivia game—hosted by two of our own—and then dinner.
It’s nights like these, especially during a still active global pandemic (and before the arrival of the Delta variant of COVID-19), that validates our company’s place as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine.
As we once again revel is our accomplishment, consider the following. The results are based on anonymous surveys submitted by employees, covering everything from work culture to management to office accommodations. The survey also evaluates whether the company has kept its employees connected despite 40% of the team living outside of Maine (we sure have!).
For instance, so far this year, we’ve seen several Trueliners rise to new positions through hard work, determination and leadership. A new outreach program has brought in new lines of business and streams of revenue.
Our downtown Portland office was still closed, but thanks to the work of many, including our cultural ambassador, Joy Wilkie, our team was more connected than ever.
For instance, our Diversity and Inclusion Committee has brought people together with programming that fostered conversation and inspired connections. Likewise, we’ve continued to hold virtual town halls, monthly updates from our CEO, noontime Zoom workouts, and much more.
Move to Remote
Changes—some bigger than others—have continued to come quickly. We’ve been promoting and hiring, and the company continues to grow. But the biggest change happened earlier this summer when we announced our decision to close our downtown Portland office and move to a fully remote work environment.
It was a decision most everyone expected, but for those of us who’ve known and grown with the company in downtown Portland, it was somber news. We’ll forever have memories of First Fridays in our lobby, Old Port lunches with colleagues, and wannabe Olympic-level ping pong matches.
Despite all the continuing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Trueline continues to thrive. From the leadership team to the newest Trueline employees, we have responded like a crowd after Elton John strikes the first few piano chords of “Bennie and the Jets.”
That is to say, as one of the best places to work in Maine, again.