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Focused on a healthy culture: Janine Pajot of Bayer

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‘The lighthouse is always the patient’

Pajot made the transition to lead the entire HR function for Bayer several years ago – supporting 1,300 employees across Canada. And when it comes to honing her people leadership skills, she draws from her commercial background and emphasizes the importance of aligning corporate goals to people strategies.

“In the pharmaceutical industry, the lighthouse is always the patient – where will we bring value to that patient? At Bayer, we tie this back to the employee. The mantra is ‘What is going to bring the value to the employee experience?’”

It’s something that Pajot keeps close to her heart – this commitment to garnering a near perfect employee experience. And, in the current economic climate, it makes sound business sense too.

According to research from Robert Walters, three quarters of employees have left a job just because they disliked the company culture. What’s more, O.C Tanner’s 2024 Global Culture Report found that when employees believe their leaders have the tools to help them manage change, they’re five times more likely to feel a stronger sense of community and ten times more likely to foster a strong sense of trust.

Inside Bayer’s diversity, equity and inclusion journey

For Pajot, this love of culture manifests in Bayer’s diversity, equity and inclusion journey. The insights from their in-depth survey, coupled with extensive focus groups, formed the foundation for Bayer’s strategic plan in fostering an inclusive culture.

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