Based in the PMI Neuchâtel R&D facility, the Evolve Team is a new effort, less than a year old. The initiative developed from our understanding that while there is no substitute for experience, some of the freshest, most imaginative ideas come from our new employees. Their goal is an ambitious one. Sharon Carty, Procurement Executive, explains. “Our mission is to nurture and retain talent by identifying areas where we can improve our work environment.” What began as a one-day workshop turned into a successful think tank composed of employees from different departments within R&D.
“Our mission is to nurture and retain talent by identifying areas where we can improve our work environment.”
We want our R&D Department to be an environment where everybody feels free to ask questions, each meeting is an inspiration, and curiosity is valued above all else. “The key to that,” Sharon says, “is listening. Employees have to feel that their voices are being heard. Our senior management has a ‘you can talk to me’ approach. We’ve evolved from the standard hierarchical structure.” In addition to listening and responding to their teammates’ concerns, the members of Evolve meet every two weeks to discuss new ideas and share results. “We’re great collaborators, and we’re growing all the time. We have very good brainstorms and everyone pitches in to lend a hand, so the results of our work together are tangible.”
In fact, in the short time they have been meeting, they have seen some promising results. “Our feedback has been awesome,” Sharon says proudly. “All over R&D, people are asking us to come give our feedback on projects or programs.” It seems clear that Evolve has made real progress in the mission to keep our employees feel engaged, inspired, and welcomed. Got some ideas of your own? Come join our team.