Archives from Months December, 2011

Ready for 2012

Team Employer Branding

Dear Readers:

2011 is drawing to a close. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to take a look back.

It was an exciting year for us. Together we launched Web 2.0. We have put more than 50 blog contributions and over 60 Facebook posts online since September. That is fantastic, but without your support, it would not have been half as fun.

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Fantastic SMA Christmas Party

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Christmas party at SMA – an unparalleled event. Colleagues assured in advance that the party would be something very special. They also reminded that as a new SMA employee, I would definitely have to sing. I was not worried in the least and was looking forward to my first Christmas party last Friday in the Kassel exhibition halls.
The first impression was overwhelming: Tables were set, replete with Christmas decorations, for around 4,300 SMA employees. The buffet, which was set up in the adjacent hall, offered a litany of tasty delicacies and required next to no waiting time. A number of colleagues made a great deal of baked goods, creating a bottleneck of people at the cake buffet. In the end, we ate it all. I decided that I would definitely bake a cake for next year’s Christmas party.

Diversified & Emotional Program

I naturally wanted to be as close to the stage as possible to take in the activities up close and personal, which kicked off at 3:00 p.m. In his opening speech, Speaker of the Managing Board, Pierre-Pascal Urbon, clearly pointed out how turbulent the fiscal year was and how well we managed the difficult challenges. Chair of the Works Council, Yvonne Siebert, also spoke about the positive and negative aspects of the developments in 2011. Our Managing Board proved to be genuine talkshow hosts. During a very informative and entertaining discussion round, Pierre-Pascal Urbon asked his Managing Board colleagues what they achieved in their respective departments over the year and how things would continue in 2012. Company founders Günther Cramer and Peter Drews also spoke. They orchestrated a very personal look back over the last 30 years. As they drew their speech to a close, they were certain that “We could not have done it better.” Then came an impressive response: All the SMA employees gave thunderous applause and standing ovations for several minutes.

I got goose bumps once again as some of my colleagues beamed up on the stage singing a song. Chief Sales Officer, Marko Werner, left quite the friendly impression as he accepted the musical singer Lisa’s invitation to dance on the stage. After the program was over, the SMA band fired up the crowd and entertained the guests. We danced in the disco until the wee hours of the morning.

To sum it all up, it was a fantastic party and the Trade Show & Events team were flawless in organizing it. It’s just too bad that we did not raise more money at the annual Christmas donation campaign. After all, SMA supports three social projects with this campaign.

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Student mentoring – milestone celebration at SMA

Mariana Siebert

Mariana Siebert

When you were 13, did you already know what you wanted to be? I didn’t.
Did you enjoy doing your homework when you were 13? I didn’t.
And no, I didn’t know how important school and education would be for me and for my life to come. Going to school is simply a fact of life. But it is also safe to say that I would have much rather gone to play handball or to the pool with my friends.

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And the winner is… Kassel!

Ständehaus KasselWho would have guessed: in the ranking of Germany's most dynamic city, Kassel came in first.
The Northern Hessian city is primarily known for the documenta art exhibition. Kassel is not only appreciated by art lovers, but also boasts Germany's third highest number of museums after Frankfurt and Stuttgart. And the Hessentag, an annual festival celebration highlighting various regions in Hessen, will even be coming to Kassel in 2013.

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¡Hola a todos! – Hi, everyone!

Diana Thiel

Diana Thiel

A foreign language is a skill that is always valuable in one’s career, such as when talking on the phone with colleagues abroad. To make sure everything goes smoothly, SMA offers a wide range of language courses.

SMA offers a broad spectrum of language levels, ranging from beginner to business fluency to near native. Each of the levels are very important for determining which course is the best fit based on the participant’s prior knowledge and to determine whether one’s own language skills could be improved. Just like in school, you must first take a placement test to determine the right course for you, but the assessment is exceptionally helpful: it ensures that you’ll end up in just the right course! That, for example, helps prevent boredom or ensures you’re not uncomfortable talking in front of classmates whose skills may exceed your own.

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Self-management and time management at SMA – a trainer’s thoughts

Dr. Sabine Hoier

Dr. Sabine Hoier

Whenever I explain what I do, I hear lines such as, “oh, that’s something I should look at” or “hm, I’d have to find the time to do that.” Essentially, I enjoy such statements. They show that the topic is truly interesting and that many individuals really want to address it. The answers, though, are pretty difficult. That’s why I’d like to say here at the outset that there is no magic potion, and one-size-fits-all solutions don’t work!

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A look back at the SMA soccer tournament

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sven Henschel

sven Henschel

The setting: Friday afternoon, the athletic fields. Around 30 teams came together for the internal SMA soccer tournament. The start of the game was still an hour and a half away, but the first employees had already arrived. The atmosphere was filled with anticipation and excitement on the part of the players. After two last-minute cancellations were taken into consideration, the tournament started nearly on time. Numerous spectators and fans of individual teams turned up, too. Then the first games kicked off. I was part of the referee team. A delegation made up of our new colleagues from dtw in Poland even joined in and qualified for the intermediate round on Saturday along with eleven other teams.

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