Safety and Respect Stand Out for Me
China Human Resources
I joined Air Products China Human Resources team in July, 2008. My Day One gave me lots of surprises because I happened to attend an Asia HR team meeting in Shanghai, and people sitting around me were all those who’d been with the company for more than 20 years. My experience told me the average number of service years in China was two to three years. So, from then on, I kept observing and trying to understand how the company’s core values have been related to employee’s loyalty.
During my on-board training in the first month, a plant site visit impressed upon me that it’s so true that “safety is top priority at Air Products.” After about 30 minutes of safety training, I was required to wear personal protective equipment and I was questioned on my shoes. When I walked by myself in the plant, employees at the site reminded me to walk within the yellow line. During our daily work, office basic safety process (BSP) also requires us to master the basics including preventing falls. Everything was new to me: Not the concept of safety itself, but the seriousness and earnestness of how our managers and employees focus on it.
In the past seven years, candidates often asked me a question: as a China HR lead, what is your view on Air Products’ culture and core values. I always love to share my view from my own experience on safety and respect. This is echoed by our annual “first anniversary survey” which shows how our new employees are impressed with our management’s focus on SAFETY and RESPECT.