The Diversity and Inclusion Summit recognizes teams and individuals who Go Further to bring diversity and inclusion, and the One Ford commitment to life. This week, we introduce you to another strong individual that has been nominated for the 2012 Diversity and Inclusion Award.
CATEGORY: PROMOTING WORKLIFE FLEXIBILITY
INDIVIDUAL: Madhu Rao, Director, Analytics, IT – APA
Madhu Roa has been an inspiration to all 120 of his employees and especially his contributions towards worklife flexibility.
Madhu highly appreciates and makes his team understand the need for worklife flexibility. One example is how he encourages the team to utilize their 'use it or lose it' vacation days and make plans to spend quality time with their families. In fact, the group has never come across a situation where team members had to compromise on family commitments. Flexible work arrangements are utilized to handle these situations.
Department Day Out is another example of Madhu’s promotion of worklife Flexibility. Madhu took inclusiveness to a new level, organizing weekend off-site team building events. Some employees hesitated to join the event because of the cost involved, so Madhu shared the cost with them just to make sure that nobody misses out. He personally interacted with every one in an informal way which increased the team’s comfort level with the leadership team. He was the last person to leave the venue.
Voice of the employee is always encouraged. In the department, Madhu proactively formed a Voice of the Employee committee made up of one representative per team selected by all employees, which meets weekly with the management team to share feedback, understand and resolve employee concerns.
Most of the employees in Madhu’s department have been pursuing professional courses, but were not able to dedicate enough time towards studies and attending classes. Understanding the situation, Madhu helped to form a study circle within the department. Subject experts within the department came forward and conducted classes. Time was dedicated during and after office hours for group discussions and studies.
In response to an employee idea to start a library, Madhu displayed his support by being the first to contribute books. The library now has more than 100 books and several journals fully utilized by the team and managed with an online catalog and check out system.
To improve the communication skills of the department employees, Madhu helped to create a team and conducted weekly workshops and sessions on the different aspects of communication including oral, written, public speaking skills, body language, etc. Employees are also encouraged to do presentations on general topics, which happen monthly.
Madhu started the concept of Lunch with the Leader, which was unheard of in FBSC. Every month, achievers of that month were provided an opportunity to dine with Madhu. During such occasions, Madhu appreciates those individuals and thanks them for their contributions.
Through his actions, Madhu has strongly demonstrated the One Ford behaviors and leads by example. He puts a lot of importance on people development and worklife balance, while also not compromising on business priorities. He continues to demonstrate his leadership by doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reasons and constantly striving for improvement.
Please join the Summit event and see if some of your favorite nominations are selected as Corporate Honorees. This year's event will be Web-streamed live from World Headquarters in Dearborn on Nov. 7 and will be led by our Group Vice President of Global Purchasing Tony Brown. The award presenters will be program managers/job-share partners Julie Rocco and Julie Levine.
Mark your calendar and join us as we celebrate the deserving teams and individuals who truly…Go Further!