"Establishing a culture of open and honest feedback is key to allowing new thinking to surface", says Kristine Hartmann, Executive Vice President of Transformation at Aker BioMarine.
"When we look for inspiration from the most successful and fastest growing companies in today’s business world, we zero-in on Silicon Valley. Aker BioMarine learns from such leaders about building a purpose-driven, dynamic organization that fosters growth".
Kristine Hartmann is responsible for increasing Aker BioMarine's transparency, as well as connecting the day-to-day operations with the company's strategy. In addition she drives the transformation of the company, to meet the increasing expectations from customers, employees and other stakeholders.
To stay close to the 'Silicon Valley-spirit' and the latest technological developments, Aker BioMarine has invested in StartupLab, a hub for technology startups in Norway. Hartmann firmly believes in using new digital tools to enhance efficiency and engagement among company employees in order to accelerate realization of new ideas and concepts.
New technology provides a handy way to foster employee growth and development. Aker BioMarine uses BambooHR, a cloud-based administrative HR and performance tool that supports each employee’s development process. When selecting a new HR tool, Hartmann prioritizes user friendliness and ability to drive motivation.
"We aren’t interested in tools that just rank our employees according to a criteria list."
Aker BioMarine has also launched a leadership and employee engagement program that reinforces trust, transparency, empowerment, and engagement across the entire organization.
A dynamic organization is a must for success in a fast moving environment.
"To avoid unnecessary bureaucracy, Aker BioMarine is modifying its organizational structure and leadership philosophy to empower employees to bring decision-making as close as possible to operational issues and opportunities at hand," Hartmann relates.
Aker BioMarine takes pride in the way it trusts employees to deliver results when given flexibility. Hartmann points out that scientists may require time for silent thought when writing a paper, and that may be best accommodated at home or at a library, while marketing people may be inspired by visits to other companies or sitting at a busy downtown coffee shop.
– Great ideas are often generated in discussion with others. We encourage our employees to spend a lot of face-time with each other. And to compensate for the physical distance between our crew in the Antarctic oceans and our global sales offices we were one of the first companies who started using the social media platform @workplace, "the Facebook for businesses".
“We believe people want to do their best, and it is our managers’ responsibility to identify the motivation triggers for each and every employee. Establishing a culture of open and honest feedback is key to allowing new thinking to surface.”
EVP Transformation, Aker BioMarine