- Global summer training session for new recruits in Jeju - 64 new employees recruited locally from overseas subsidiaries also participated - ‘Built Global Friendships’ event brought new recruits from around the world closer together
Competition-based reality shows aired on national and cable television are extremely popular these days. In the shows, participants demonstrate their talent to the fullest and the tension keeps growing until the winners are finally selected in the final round; you sympathize with their anxiousness until the last minute, and the efforts they make to reach their dreams are genuinely beautiful. Each of the new MOBIS employees, from the 23 subsidiaries in 18 countries around the world, were selected through a competition just as fierce. MOBIS invited these new recruits to Jeju Island to build a sense of camaraderie and pride in being a part of MOBIS.
MOBIS (www.mobis.co.kr) held Global Summer Training Sessions for the 307 new employees recruited in Korea and 64 recruited globally for the 2011 season at the Haevichi Resort and Pyoseon Beach in Jeju, from July 19th to 22th. The four professional basketball players joining the MOBIS Phoebus pro basketball team this year also participated in the training, making this year’s event even more memorable and special.
MOBIS started inviting locally-hired staff from overseas subsidiaries to the training sessions in Korea since 2006, when the company’s global subsidiaries started getting more established and it became clear that even foreign employees should be committed to MOBIS. This year’s session was particularly meaningful as CEO Chung Suk-soo and 21 executives joined the event to welcome the global new recruits.
In order to educate everyone about Korean traditions and to instill the values key to the Hyundai Motor Group, i.e. Cooperation, Harmony, and Patience, the company prepared various programs for the new employees, like the Mt. Hallasa hike, the group performance, Ssireum (Korean traditional wrestling), the under-water Gimajeon (mock-cavalry game), and ‘global friendship building.’
Other cultural programs included a visit to the Jeju Folk Village, made famous through the hit drama-series ‘Dae Janggeum,’ where new employees from Korea and global offices participated in activities like making rice cakes, cooking bibimbap, having their pictures taken while wearing hanbok (Korean traditional clothing), and playing traditional games.
New employee from MOBIS’ Russia, Alena Zaharova (female, 27 years old) said, “I learned firsthand how I am part of a global organization through this program,” and expressed her determination, “I want to play an important role in making MOBIS the best auto parts company in Russia.”
These rather exotic events are actually very special not only for the foreign employees, but for Korean employees as well. Korean new recruit Lee Hwan (Male, 28yo, Electrical Device Sales Support Team) said, “above all else, it was really impressive how employees from all around the world became united under the name of MOBIS,” and further explained, “I learned of the company’s global status.”
MOBIS has various programs for new employees designed to build their commitment to the company, like ‘Orientation,’ which is really a party with new employees and their families; the ‘1:1 mentoring scheme’ where older employees help younger ones adjust to the job and life within the company; the ‘100th Day of Employment’ event, where new employees make resolutions for their career ahead; and ‘Hope Day,’ where new recruits and executives share frank conversations with each other.