2020: a year in which our culture and our people were key in continuing growth
Keeping our employees aligned, motivated, trained, connected, safe and healthy. That was our great achievement in the year in which we faced different challenges: the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual work patterns, the integration of a new company and the restructuring of our Business Model.
GeoPark’s People area is a strategic and transversal partner to other areas of the Company, and we coordinate with different teams to implement actions aimed at our employees and their families.
Our first challenge was to join the Crisis Management Team (Covid-19 Committee) whose objective was to implement prevention, mitigation and care measures in line with the recommendations of international organizations and national and local authorities of the countries we have operations in.
With this focus, in the People area we concentrated on supporting employees in adapting to a new work model and keeping the GeoPark culture intact from their homes or from operational locations, always prioritizing the health, well-being and quality of life of our people and their families.
To achieve this, we made different technologies and communication tools available to employees to deliver messages about care, prevention and health. We also encouraged workers to participate in virtual events that we coordinated to promote physical activity, nutrition programs, emotional intelligence, sleep hygiene and good habits for working from home.
We transformed our Aprendamos con GeoPark training program by developing new content that was proposed and delivered by employees, taking advantage of virtual settings to share and transfer knowledge between our teams.
Together with the Management Team we decided to invite the entire Company to the Weekly Operations Meeting. In this event we not only discuss the important issues of each asset and operation, but also those of each area of the Company, and we go into projects and issues that are relevant to employees. Making the meeting more inclusive had a high impact through allowing closer communication in times of uncertainty and integrating all those in the Company.
Another big challenge we had in 2020 was the process of integrating Amerisur, whose asset portfolio is in Colombia’s Putumayo and Llanos basins. The successful integration of GeoPark and Amerisur allowed us to end the year ensuring business continuity, promoting and protecting GeoPark culture and, most importantly, integrating a new group of experienced and dedicated employees into our work team.
The update of our Business Model promoted an organizational change aimed at designing a more efficient structure that would help us seek synergies, identify new leaders and generate growth opportunities for more people in the Company. This new structure has supported the generation of trust and autonomy, as well as the empowerment each employee regards their own leadership.
Together with other areas of the Company, the People area led this important change so that our people could keep working towards our fundamental purpose, which is to Create Value and Give Back.