For Jianmei Xue, winning first place at Jabil’s continuous improvement competition, Deliver Best Practices, meant more than just receiving an award. The trophy signified a win for the less fortunate in the Wuxi community who she’s been able to help through her team’s project, the Dandelion Platform. “As employees of Jabil, we have a responsibility to help our local communities,” she said. The smiles from those helped through the site’s outreach activities are what kept Jianmei motivated and fueled her passion to get her peers more involved.
The Dandelion Platform is an easy way for employees to stay up-to-date on Jabil Wuxi’s social and environmental activities by leveraging a popular social media application in China, WeChat. Jianmei used this platform as a way for employees to learn about upcoming events, share photos from the event and make it a fun experience. “Employees had a desire to be engaged in the community outreach activities, but the traditional ways of promotion had its limitations,” she said. “We didn’t want to force people to listen; instead, we wanted to communicate in channels they were already ‘listening’ in.” Instead of using posters and emails, Jianmei and her team used something as simple as a free application. By doing this, they increased employee participation by almost 13 percent in just a few months’ time and demonstrated Jabil’s culture of ingenuity, innovation and inspiration. With the large increase of employees involved in community outreach, the site has been able to help over 700 community members in the last year, from infants to the elderly.
She was proud to represent her team at the final round of Deliver Best Practices in St. Petersburg, Florida, last month. What she enjoyed most was sharing ideas and learning from her global counterparts over the course of the week. “We learned best practices from each other and were able to extend our collaboration with other Jabil sites,” Jianmei said, hopeful that similar programs will soon be initiated at more sites.
Congratulations, Jianmei and Jabil Wuxi!