Living up to its purpose of ‘care beyond skin’, NIVEA India is constantly trying to “create a workplace based on a robust foundation of values and culture that maximises employee potential,” says Neil George, Managing Director, NIVEA India. The Indian skincare brand has launched a one of its kind employee growth and development programme called ‘Careers Month’ recently.
This month-long programme catered to employees’ career growth and development by providing them with multiple insightful avenues such as expert talks, panel discussions, one-on-one sessions with the leadership team along with in-depth training sessions to help the employees grow and develop #YourDreamCAREer!
The initiative was not restricted to managers alone, it witnessed participation from the entire NIVEA India team across levels and functions in the company.
Combining the energy of a startup with the wisdom of a nearly 110-year-old company, NIVEA India is building careers through the structured development of its employees, and Careers Month is aligned towards achieving just that.
According to George, “These immersive experiences cultivate a strong culture by pushing our employees to attain their career goals. As a company, sustained development continues to be a top priority for us, and Careers Month is an initiative to drive the continued success and growth of our talented and passionate employees”.
Expressing gratitude to the employees for their hard work, NIVEA India continues “to encourage a focus on innovation and embracement of an entrepreneurial mindset”.
Employees across the entire value chain in India including the NIVEA India Production Centre, Distribution Centre, India R&D Hub, and the Beiersdorf global shared service centre participated in the programme. During Careers Month, the Functional Leaders at NIVEA India, through Hot Seat, a series of panel discussions, revealed their personal career secrets and shared what it takes to build a dream career at NIVEA.
About 60 one-on-one sessions were organised over a month, under Leadership Roulette, between employees and leaders of their choice to learn from their career journey and experiences and seek advice on how to plan one’s own development and career path. These included not only the leaders from the India business but also the ones who have now moved to global roles across Beiersdorf.
A special virtual session to provide an external perspective on career choices was also hosted, with Suhail Sameer, CEO, BharatPe sharing insights about his own career choices while providing valuable advice on the importance of taking risks, continuous learning and comfort with failure, amongst other things.
“By anchoring our core values of care, trust, courage, simplicity and quality, Careers Month is our way of pushing the envelope for our employees by giving them first-hand access to internal and external industry leaders and numerous training sessions to help them develop high-quality, actionable and useful development plans,” added Uma Raman, director human resources, NIVEA India.