In May 2014, NTT DATA Deutschland has organized 2 intense Welcome Days with the purpose of bringing new employees on board.
In my case, it just so happened that the Welcome Days came 2 months after my first day at NTT DATA. In this period, although all my colleagues where extremely helpful providing information, I still had several aspects regarding the procedures and rules that were not so clear to me. And, this is where the Welcome Days event proved very useful…
What was this Welcome Days’ edition about?
Basically, the NTT DATA Academy put together a schedule which takes a new employee through the company’s history, strategy, organization, values and procedures. At the same time, participants have the chance to meet and talk with the senior management and get insights into the 3 main industries where the IT Company is active: Public and Financial Services, Telecom, Utilities Service & Logistics and Manufacturing. A lot of information to handle!
Leaving the official details aside, what I found most interesting were the challenging NTT DATA case studies, which the organizers brought to our attention. In the two days, we were divided into smaller groups of about 6-8 persons and had to analyze work situations related to ethics, compliance etc. After a preparation and negotiation of about 45 minutes, each team had to come with a creative way to present the case and propose a solution – ‘creative’ is the key word here, as it turned out that some of my new colleagues have natural acting skills and have quite innovative ideas.
Allow me to present to you an example of these scenarios. This case study I chose, is slightly different from what the Academy has given us, so that I will not give away any of their surprises.
“Tony, a data analyst for a major casino, finds himself in an interesting dilemma between the data security rules of the company he is working for and his conscience. One night while he was working after normal business hours, he logs in to a colleagues’ computer, by using the colleagues’ password, in order to get a document that he needs for his project. Surprisingly, he notices that his colleague is gambling, an action strictly forbidden by the company. Tony knows he should report this info but would have to admit to violating the company’s information technology regulations by logging into someone elses computer. Should he warn his colleague? Should he tell his superior, and suffer consequences himself, as well? Should he conceal his finding?”
These cases can really put one’s mind to work, as there isn’t any simple or obvious solution. In this case for example, Tony has to decide between admitting that he broke a company’s rule (but has information which can be helpful to prevent a big problem for the company) or not saying anything, which would put the company and his job, as well, at risk.
The example above, together with the other cases that we have analyzed during the Welcome Days, gave me the chance to get to know my colleagues, work in teams with them, and learn NTT DATA’s approach in different work situations.
Another interesting detail related to the Welcome Days was the language used. As a not-so-fluent German speaker (I am originally coming from Bucharest, Romania), I found the Academy’s approach adequate: the speakers presented in German, most of the slides were in English and, at the same time, the participants were able to choose any language they wanted to get their point across. In my opinion, this “denglish” mix showed openness to other cultures (as several of our new colleagues are not of German nationality) and a truly international and global perspective. In the end, we are the Global IT Innovator, correct?