Mwenyopaleka keeps O&L HR ticking
Sonja Thieme, Group Manager: Employee Engagement explained “Mwenyopaleka is an Oshiwambo word meaning ‘revitalization’, but it can also be used as a synonym for ‘rebirth’. This employee enrichment programme was launched in 2004 and is designed to instill the O&L Group’s purpose, values and vision as well as the associated behaviours in each employee in the O&L Group.
Over the past few years, the Mwenyopaleka Road Show has allowed the Group to promote and communicate these objectives to employees. Last year we kicked off with ‘O&L TV’ and this year we present ‘O&L studio’ where we look at and go inside O&L.”
She said the road show’s main purpose is to continuously revitalize the O&L Group through the active and consistent communication of its Purpose, Values and Vision. Furthermore it enables the company to move away from a rule-driven employment relationship to a value-driven one for long-term employee commitment, and to use the Purpose, Values and Vision as drivers in achieving all the goals in the “Vision 2017 breakthrough plan.” This year’s road show teaches Ownership, Accountability and Sustainability.
The O&L Group relies on the power of employee engagement, at both strategic and on-the-ground level to enhance and drive their goals and objectives on the road to 2017.
The year 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Mwenyopaleka programme. “This is a remarkable milestone in the history of the O&L Group and demonstrates our commitment for this programme and for using innovative and fun methods of sharing various important messages with our employees. We are excited to inform you that the Road Show has now extended as far as Katima Mulilo”, said Thieme.