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Adding to our growing list of accolades in 2011, our Beijing Operations Center HR team was named the “Best HR Team” by the Beijing Human Resources Association (HRA). HRA is the most prestigious Human Resource Association in China. It has about 700 enterprises members, most of which are Fortune 500 companies and leading Chinese corporations. This year’s event in December was the inaugural “HRA Awards”.
The Beijing Operations Center experienced challenging stages during its establishment, including fast growth, merger, and reorganization. The number of employees has grown from 200 in 2006 when the site was established, to more than 1,200 in 2011.
“HR policies and talent development has been positioned as one of our site’s focus areas since the establishment and the HR team has done a great job,” said Justin Gao, site manager of the Beijing Operations Center.
The HR team worked closely and consistently to reinforce our four key values to strengthen the cohesion and commitment of staff in Beijing through:
- Adjusting recruiting channels
- Improving the staff benefit plan
- Setting up the Employee Assistance Program
- Co-working with business managers and global HR teams to carry out the localized programs such as Career Week and yearly employee appreciation event.
As commented by the HRA Board members, “Thomson Reuters Beijing Operations Center HR team has illustrated to us how they, on a team basis, provide creative solutions and comprehensive HR consultations to business managers by understanding the direction of business development and need, achieve the recognition from senior management, build up the trust among staff by a ‘human care’ and empathy working style. All of these reflect the complete landing of global values in China.”
Thomson Reuters Beijing Operations Center HR team was one of the three winners who received the Best HR Team Award. A crystal trophy was delivered to Linda Zhang, head of HR for the Beijing Operations Center. This prestigious award was shared by the HR team with Linda’s grateful words to them: “You all are the best!”
Around 500 employees and their family members enjoyed the Family Day event organized by the Beijing Operations Centers on October 29. The event provided an opportunity for employees’ families to visit our office, experience the diverse culture of our teams, and build connections.
Justin Gao, site manager of the Beijing Operations Center delivered a welcome speech to the participants. He said: “This is our first Family Day event. We would like to take this opportunity to thank employees’ families for the great support you have provided to our staff in the past years.” The members of the Beijing Operations Center Steering Group also came onto the stage to express their appreciation.
In order to give family members a good impression of our company, as well as bring more joy and entertainment to them, many fun and exciting activities and games were arranged. For example,
- A “Family Financial Investment” session delivered by Henry Wang from Eikon Localization team attracted many people to learn how to choose a suitable investment strategy for their family, and discover Thomson Reuters Eikon.
- Ladies participated in an Ikebana course on the art of Japanese flower arrangement.
- Kids had fun at the “Children’s Play Ground” by playing games and receiving candies from popular cartoon characters.
- People got to taste food from different cultures through the “Multinational Culture Experience” session hosted by colleagues from Britain and India.
- Couples took part in the “Five Languages of Love” course learned how to love their partner in the way they actually need to be loved – physically, sharing quality time, with gifts, acts of helpfulness, and words of affirmation.