Enriching the workplace with diversity

Enriching the workplace with diversity

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January 28th, 2019

Stahl has facilities around the world, and at these facilities the world converges with international teams, working closely together. One example is our research chemists, who work on a daily basis to create innovative solutions in material treatment. To achieve this, they work together at our application labs and our manufacturing sites, with a shared vision of a better and more sustainable future.

So what is it like to work in such a diverse, multinational environment? We asked Market Manager Film & Paper - Performance Coatings Kahina Ouchaou about her experiences at Stahl and how important diversity is for the working climate in her team and at her workplace located at the manufacturing site in Waalwijk. She shares her experience and ideas about the global awareness and culture that is a big part of working at Stahl.

People working together

“Diversity is broad. Diversity is everywhere because we are all different people with different backgrounds and different beliefs. I am a good example of diversity, as I am a French woman with an Algerian background, married to a Dutchman and having lived in the Netherlands for 8 years.”

“Stahl is a global company with people from all over the world working at its facilities. I believe it enriches our company every day. In our R&D lab alone we have people from different backgrounds: Dutch, Italian, Indonesian, Chinese, and French people, all working together!”

Diversity enhancing the workplace experience

Diversity has made me who I am today. I regard it as equal to no boundaries, no frontiers: only individuals sharing who they are in terms of culture, language, and beliefs. My colleagues and I like to discuss our differences; dinnertime in The Netherlands is very different from dinnertime in France, for example. The same applies to the way of working: in France, people are more sensitive to the hierarchy in the workplace while in The Netherlands it is less hierarchic. This means the pressure of hierarchy is less present.”

“We all work differently at our production site and sharing our tips or seeing the differences on site could really help us to improve our way of working which would result in improving the quality of our products. Last week we had a workshop within R&D involving our colleagues from Toluca, Parets and Leinfelden, which was a great example of how Stahl is enhancing diversity within the company.”

Dreaming of a future without boundaries

“Personally, my dream scenario for the future would be the possibility to transfer to another location for a limited time. We would be able to learn how our colleagues from Portao, Suzhou, or Parets are dealing with the same challenges that we encounter in Waalwijk, and exchange and grow our knowledge together.”