Lenovo People First program
It is easy to become caught up in the chase of productivity at the price of employee well-being in today’s fast-paced work environment. It goes without saying that happy people produce greater results in the workplace.
Lenovo’s “People First” concept identifies it as a technology business that prioritizes the needs of its customers and workers. This campaign promotes volunteerism, allowing workers to extend their concern outside the office and make a positive impact in the community.
Michael Ngan, General Manager of Lenovo Philippines, stated, “We believe that people are the most important factor in Lenovo’s success.” “When everyone is performing at the highest level both mentally and physically—including feeling motivated to make a difference—even the finest techniques will fall short. With the goal of providing smarter technology to everyone, Lenovo Philippines is committed to an accessible vision. In the end, there can be no “all” until everyone in the community is involved and well-cared for, he said.
With this guiding principle in mind, Lenovo has established a work atmosphere where staff members are encouraged to contribute in ways that go beyond their official responsibilities. A few workers who personally saw the significant benefits of volunteering under the People First program related their individual experiences.
One of the efforts, in partnership with the One Meralco Foundation’s School Electrification Program, was the donation of laptop computers to under-resourced school teachers. Anna Abola, Lenovo Philippines’ Commercial Marketing Manager, offered a personal insight into her participation in the program. “I never knew it was possible to marry my passion for technology with a greater cause until I volunteered in our company’s People First Program. I had the privilege of witnessing the profound impact of this deed as I observed the excitement on the students’ faces while they explored the Lenovo laptops provided. It helped me realize how a simple act can have far-reaching consequences.”
Furthermore, Janine Librea and Leslie Dimayuga-Satumba of Lenovo Philippines expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to engage in such efforts, highlighting how it has raised their understanding of the needs and issues that poor communities face. They were able to volunteer at a local women’s shelter as part of the curriculum.
They said, “This was an eye-opener for us,” as they thought back on their practical experience. Motivated by what they saw, Janine and Leslie organized internal donation drives throughout the company. “Their responses were overwhelming, with contributions pouring in not only from the IT department but also from other colleagues.” Witnessing their resilience inspired us to do more.” It demonstrated to us that when we band together, even little deeds of kindness can make a great difference. I’m now a champion for people in need thanks to Lenovo’s People First program,” they continued.
Lenovo and the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI) collaborated on their first medical mission together last month. The collaboration has been in place since 2015, with a particular focus on arranging music and dance events. Lenovo was able to provide medical support to about 70 children with Down syndrome thanks to the efforts of volunteer doctors and nurses from the University of the Philippines—Philippine General Hospital (UP PGH). This success encouraged Lenovo Philippines to make this an annual event and maybe extend its reach to senior adults in underprivileged places.
Ngan mentioned that staff members are very excited to participate in CSR events. At this point, over fifty workers have been effectively involved in the company’s projects. Lenovo Philippines provides an example for other firms by demonstrating how a culture of caring, volunteerism, and enjoyment can coexist to build a successful and happy workplace through its People First program.