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In 2008 Roche launched a leadership programme aimed at both the board of directors and all their general managers. The programme’s key features were personal development, getting to know yourself and others, and change management.
In parallel with the leadership programme, Roche initiated an employee development programme. Its content was crafted during a conference, where employees worked in groups to come up with suggestions about what could make Roche a better place to work. One of the groups proposed that all employees should take part in a personal development programme. Another group suggested that the organisation should work on developing its feedback culture. Work at Roche is mainly team-based, and an open communication in work groups is important for work to run effectively.
The company decided to combine these two conference suggestions, and aim for a wide-ranging development programme. Hans Brobäck, Human Resources Manager at Roche, was already a licensed MBTI® practitioner. He often utilised the tool in team-building sessions, especially in the marketing department. Now that a more comprehensive development programme was to be launched, the MBTI was an obvious element.
The message of the employee development programme is still a vivid part of the corporate culture.
Hans Brobäck, Human Resources Manager. Roche