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2020 at Infinum: You Win Some, Lose Some

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Some of you may remember that Infinum won the Best Employer award last year. In particular, we took the throne between mid-sized companies. When asked whether we expect to win the prize next year, our HR Wonder Woman Tanja said she hopes another company takes our place next year. And so they did.

Meanwhile, we took home first place in the heavyweights’ category this year – for the first time among large companies. The competition was tougher than ever before, as some companies have held the throne for more than 10 years!

However, not everything unexpected came as such a nice surprise this year.

Sour fifteen

Tom and I founded Infinum in 2005, which means this year would have been our big 15th birthday.

We started planning the celebration ahead of time, opened a task to discuss the details, started brainstorming ideas – the whole bit. We had a shortlist of bands we wanted to hire for the event. We made a down payment for a venue that could fit 500+ people. We were going to go all in. So was Covid-19.

We were about two months into the pandemic when it became clear that this was not going to fly. Instead of sending out invitations, we sent out trucks to deliver equipment to our employees’ home offices. Instead of printing limited edition merch, we ordered several batches of face masks. The only alcohol we needed was the disinfecting kind.

Infinum's 15th bdayAn exclusive look at never-before seen visuals for Infinum's 15th bday

Expectations vs. reality

But canceling a birthday party is just a needle in a haystack in a barn full of horseshit that 2020 is. Everywhere around us, people were losing jobs. They were losing loved ones. They were losing their minds.

We had to sit down to discuss important questions: How to approach the people and how to approach the projects, because one affected the other. We came up with a strategy and followed through.

Fast forward 8 months, and we’re wrapping up the year satisfied because we’ve managed to grow our team further, continue working with fantastic clients, and even took on new projects. We’ve also started a joint venture that will secure another 100 jobs in the next three years, and there are more surprises in store.

Recognition beyond compare

Among all the events that have marked this year, winning our fourth Best Employer award and achieving the highest score since we have participated is recognition like no other.

It means that in a year filled with uncertainty, fear, and isolation, we managed to contribute to maintaining stability, positivity, and unity in the lives of people who make Infinum – Infinum. Not Infinium, nor Infinitum.

It’s about time you guys get our name right.