Late in September, a two-day offsite event was held as part of the corporate project Young EkoNiva. It brought together over 70 participants from the holding and its subsidiaries. Specialists from Voronezh, Kursk, Tyumen, Ryazan, Kaluga, Leningrad, Orenburg oblasts and Siberia attended the occasion. The employees spent the first day getting to know each other, communicating and doing some team building activities on the high ropes course.
‘This part of the programme is entirely focused on teamwork’, says Boris Morev, Head of the Corporate Academy of EkoNiva-APK Holding. ‘In winter, we organised a team building event for the management of our enterprises. The participants unanimously agreed that tight-knit teamwork is the key to success. Coherent work in a group brings about good results. For this reason, the first day of the present event is dedicated to fostering efficient interactional skills, learning to take coordinated decisions, following them and achieving success.’
Guided by the instructors, the participants split into groups to do gripping quests. Only smooth interaction of the team members and good problem-solving skills in the most unusual situations involving physical and mental challenges could plot the path to success for them.
According to Anna Dzekan, Head of the Staff Recruitment and Induction Department of EkoNiva-APK Holding, the company increasingly relies on young specialists, who fling themselves into business activities, strive for personal growth and are ready to take responsibility. Out of 14,000 EkoNiva’s employees, who work all over the country, 6,000 people are below the age of 35. Their energy is one of the main factors of successful performance of the holding. The activities of the high ropes course were custom designed to unify these high-spirited young people.
The second day of Young EkoNiva corporate project was packed with an even greater number of activities. A meeting with Stefan Dürr, Сompany President, started the ball rolling. In an informal setting, EkoNiva President talked to the young specialists, answered all their questions and shared his success story.
‘Young specialists are crucial elements for the enterprises of the holding’, says Stefan Dürr, EkoNiva President. ‘They are the future of the company. That is why we should take their opinion into account, know what they aim and wish for, what their needs are to create the most favourable conditions for their life and work in the long run.’
According to Stefan Dürr, Young EkoNiva project knits the company team members together.
‘I really liked the development strategy for the nearest future outlined by the president,’ says an event attendee Viktoriya Pozina, Labour and Salary Economist at Zashchitnoye dairy. ‘Understanding the prospects is essential for attaining a common goal. As I am an economist, I was glad to know that Stefan Dürr realised the importance of economic analysis and figures in general at all the levels of business activities. We also touched upon the topic of corporate values and culture in our conversation with the president.’
Stefan Dürr pointed out that each and every employee and their work make a difference for the company and constitute a part of a complex mechanism. EkoNiva President armed the young people with the main principles of efficient work, in his opinion: developing leadership skills, life-long learning, studying foreign languages and focusing on the result rather than the process.
‘I enjoyed the meeting with Stefan Dürr very much’, says Viktor Voronin, Herd Manager at Kaluzhskaya Niva. ‘It was good to gain an insight into his private life, the history of EkoNiva, its successes and achievements. But the main thing is that Stefan Dürr gave valuable advice, which will help us in our career and life in the future. I am grateful to EkoNiva for these two memorable days in my life.’
By Viktor BARGOTIN and Aleksandr KUTISHCHEV