While living in Amsterdam and working in an international sports company, a friend of mine, who was working for the Imaging Division at Olympus in France, asked if I would like to join. Since I was really keen to work with cameras at that time, it seemed to be a great chance for me, so I relocated to France and started working for Olympus.
Manager of Corporate Affairs, Communication & CSR
Working in this Med-Tech company, it is important to put debates and conversations into real actions. It will ultimately have a global impact.
Q: Why did you join Olympus?
I was keen to work with cameras.
Q: What do you do at Olympus, what motivates you?
It is always exciting to find the best words and channels to express subjects to people.
I’m the communications link in our organization, so to speak: As a Communications Manager I directly support our Regional Managing Director. I handle all communication subjects, both internal and external. Furthermore, I also take care of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities as well as support our HR (Human Resources) department on different topics that are related to communication or CSR. I have a natural motivation to find the best words to express subjects to people using the most suitable channels and, above all, help foster the necessary commitment amongst employees to support or follow different decisions that were made. That is always exciting and it never gets tiresome.
Q: What is a typical day for you?
First of all, I am a “miracle-morning-addict”. I wake up between 5:30 and 6:00 every morning, do some sports, spend time with my kids or read the news.
Around 8:30 I arrive at the office and begin by having some conversations with my colleagues or manager about what’s on the day’s agenda.
Besides writing articles, planning events or supporting HR on communication-related topics, a typical day usually includes many phone calls, video conferences and other meetings. As a Communications Manager I always have to keep myself up-to-date to be in a position to conceive the right messages to employees or external stakeholders.
One of my favorite parts of the day is lunch time. Lunch is a very important time of the day in France in general. It not only lets you to speak to a colleague over a nice meal, but also to build a strong network and stay in contact with a lot of people.
Rather often, I end my day by visiting some exhibitions of photographers that Olympus is partners with, or take part in evening events.
That’s my day!
Q: What challenges you in your day-to-day work?
There is not one single communication channel for everyone.
In the case of internal communication, the different ways our employees who are working in very different environments communicate: There are the ones working in a typical office environment, but also employees who work in the production area, and last but not least, the sales force, who is on the road most of the time. You have to find a way in taking all these different forms of work environments into account with all their differences. There is not one single communication channel for everyone. You have to adapt to the audience, otherwise it does not match.
Q: Finally, how do you feel about contributing to society?
Working in this Med-Tech company is something that I’m immensely proud of. Because I know, the work of each and every one of us can contribute to human life. Sometimes it even feels like: “Today I am fighting cancer by doing video conferences”, to put it simply. To me it is important to put debates and conversations into real actions, to show that you not only stand up for things, but actually do things. Those might be small things, but if you involve and motivate others to join, they will ultimately have a global impact.