HIGH PERFORMANCE: Allianz Malaysia has set up its own academy as part of its initiative to create a culture of learning among its employees.
The excitement began a few weeks before the launch with teaser emails and a desktop wallpaper to announce the project. Two days before the recent launch, four team leaders, who were selected by the human resources division, went on a walkabout at the head office, distributing wrist bands to their team members. The walkabout attracted the employees' attention as the team leaders were each dressed in four stages of life as a student -- a preschooler, a primary school pupil, a secondary school student and an undergraduate.
Human resources division head Wong Woon Man said: "One of the aims of the academy is to cater learning needs of employees through a structured programme."
The academy is a virtual one as the company believes that learning does not have to happen in a specific or confined space, but it can occur anywhere at any time. "It is the value and strength of the programmes that make the academy tangible," added Wong.
More than 600 employees from the head office in KL Sentral and Klang Valley branches gathered at Menara SSM in KL Sentral as early as 9am to be part of the launch.
Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia chief executive officer Jens Reisch said: "We want to make learning an enjoyable yet edifying and rewarding experience for all.
"This is part of our values -- a high performance culture where we recognise and reward exceptional work. And step one is the establishment of the academy."
After the launch, employees were briefed on the day's activities. They went through experiential learning and competition at the different booths.
Experiential learning is based on four learning pillars -- technical, sales, service and leadership. For example, the technical element helped employees to equip themselves for their current and future roles.
At the Leadership pillar booth, participants were tested on their listening skills.
Employees were also introduced to a Brown Bag lunch session where they discuss casual topics over lunch in a brown bag.
The first session was conducted recently and employees were encouraged to be a part of this initiative which will be held once a month.