Celebration Includes Denver Nuggets Skyline Drumline and Willis Wiedel Speech
May 18, 2021 – Lakewood, CO — After more than a year of working partly remotely and partly in the office, and with local COVID restrictions lifted, Encore Electric welcomed all Headquarters-based teammates back to the office on May 17, 2021. The organization held an outside Welcome Celebration to allow them a chance to reacquaint themselves with each other and to hear from Willis Wiedel, President, about the direction of the company.
“We want everyone to feel like this pandemic is behind us, and we’re trying really hard to put it in the rear-view mirror and bring everyone back, which is what we’ve been hoping for a long time,” said Wiedel. “A decision like this is not easy, because there’s so much confusion out there in the industry. There are companies out there that are trying to figure out how to bring people back safely, and then doing it with the (COVID) protocol.”
Teammates enjoyed coffee and were also treated to a performance by the Denver Nuggets Skyline Drumline as they arrived.
Wiedel gave special recognition to the field teammates of Encore Electric, who have been working throughout the pandemic; the COVID Task Force, which was tasked with setting procedures, rules and regulations and ensuring that they allowed the organization to keep working throughout the pandemic; and the Technology Solutions and Information Technology teams, which developed the tools to allow teammates to work remotely at the height of the emergency.
“Having everyone back in the office full-time promises to make us even more responsive to the field than ever,” said Jeff Thompson, Vice President. “We’ve been here all along, and now having everyone in one space will help take our organization to the next level in this post-COVID world.”
After giving a brief update on the status of various projects that the Encore team is working on throughout the Rocky Mountain region, including in Montana, the Colorado Mountains, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico and all over the Denver Metro Area, Wiedel took questions from teammates about the new mask rules from CDC and the State of Colorado, the resiliency of the Encore Electric field team, and lessons learned during the 15-month remote working period.
“We’re doing the right thing, and it’s all about the safety of our people,” Wiedel said. “Each one of you out here individually make a significant difference in the world because of who you are, and because you work for Encore.”