Recognising the human value
ExxonMobil – who has more than 70,000 employees worldwide – is a company that not only strives to stay ahead of its competitors continually but that is also concerned with offering an attractive working environment for its employees. With that in mind, ExxonMobil’s office in Curitiba, Brazil, invited EGGS to help start a process of internal cultural transformation.
Applying design thinking to the employee experience
To understand the reality of the employees and how their experience could be improved, the employees need to be put in the centre of it all. By applying design thinking and facilitating workshops with different departments within the company, we were able to get valuable insights to build on. The same design principles that are used for services, where the user (in this case, the employee) is put in the centre, and the environment, the services, and tools are developed according to the user's needs, can be applied to employee experiences.
A people-centred environment
As a result of the insights we acquired through the workshops, a number of possible actions were suggested to improve the employee experience. Here are some of the most important ones:
The physical space: Points for improvement of the formatting of a space for the development of experimental projects.
Processes and communication: Suggestions on how to create bridges between different departments, improve internal processes and make it easier for employees to communicate.
Rating criteria: Suggestions on how to establish a fairer evaluation system that rewards collaborative attitudes.
Further improvements worldwide
The outcome of the project in Brazil led to an ongoing initiative to further improve the internal culture of ExxonMobil. Because of the project’s success, many of the concepts designed for the Brazilian office are now being considered for the company’s other international divisions.