The Inter-agency Digital Staff Exchange Program
For several years thenetworkone has managed an in-person inter-agency staff exchange program for its member agencies. The program enables participating agencies in different countries to exchange employees for a few weeks. These individuals benefit from a meaningful intercultural experience, sharing ideas and skills whilst forging links and professional friendships that would not otherwise have existed.
Now, thanks to affordable and reliable video conferencing and digital collaboration tools, we’ve re-imagined the exchange program for the digital world. Almost anyone from anywhere can easily participate in the program via a smart phone or, their laptop with internet connectivity.
Why should your agency participate?
The digital exchange program is a great way to connect with other like-minded agencies in the network, bring a different creative or strategic perspective to an agency or client project or pitch and, to demonstrate international reach to a client or prospect.
What are the benefits for participants?
The digital exchange program is a wonderful way to meet new agency people from around the world, build your personal network and experience new ways of working with different agency teams and their clients… all without the jet lag!
How does it work?
It’s simple and easy. thenetworkone matches similar member agencies who’d like to participate in the digital exchange program. We carefully select the agencies involved in terms of capabilities, experience, location and company culture, in order to provide the best experience for the participants.
Exchanges are typically established around a specific agency or client project or pitch thereby enabling the exchanged individual to fully participate and focus on a specific issue and add value to the host agency.
Each participant continues to be employed (and paid) by their usual agency – no problems with tax or local employment law.
Who should participate?
The digital exchange program is ideally suited for creative individuals, creative teams or strategy directors who can join the host agency’s team using video calling technology from their own homes or offices and then, remotely work on a brief before returning to the group to present their thoughts or work. Indeed, this is the same process many agencies have recently adopted during the pandemic to service their clients.
How long are exchanges for?
Digital exchanges are normally based around a specific agency or client project or pitch, so their duration is typically a week or two. However, there’s no reason why they couldn’t be for long if so desired.
Maybe join another agency’s team for a few days a week over several months to work on longer-term projects, exchange skills and, build lasting friendships established on collaboration.
The digital exchange program is flexible and bespoke to your needs however, it does require a degree of planning to ensure all the participants get the most from the exchange. So, be sure to let us know up front what you’d like to get out of the exchange and we’ll do our best to make sure you have a very worthwhile experience.
What does it cost?
Nothing! thenetworkone manages exchanges free of charge for member agencies and, as these are digital exchanges, there’re no travel, visa or accommodation costs to cover! The only commitment is time, effort and your inspiration.
How do we participate?
If you’d like to participate in the digital exchange program, please complete the following form and we’ll call you.
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Thank you! We’ll be in contact with you soon.