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Project ME: Taking On The Challenge Of Working On The A-People’s Biggest Project Yet

AEV will always find ways to encourage their team leaders and team members to own their self-driven development in the organization, whether that’s to be a better leader or a subject matter expert in their field. They have been taking the lead in creating their own individual development plans, and planning out how to achieve them through formal learning, learning from others or learning on-the-job. However this year, the AEV Talent Optimization team challenged the growth of the A-People by working on their biggest project yet… Themselves!

Project ME, where the ME stands for My Education, My Exposure, My Experience, was launched last April 16, 2021 as part of the individual development plan for each team member. This initiative aligns with a team members’ strengths and aspirations by addressing any area they would like to develop more on, whether it is a leadership, functional, or personal goal. By the end of year, if the team member is able to accomplish the agreed development plans and at the same time receive a rating of three or “meets expectations” in their overall performance appraisal, they will be rewarded through MyBen, the flexible benefits program of AEV.

On it’s pilot run, 33% (62 out of 190) team members joined in to work on their biggest project to date. The majority opted to focus on their functional competencies at 49%, 35% chose to work on their leadership skills, and 16% focused on their personal development such as their mental and financial wellness. Team Members are given year-round access to resources to supplement these initiatives through Aboitiz Academy’s virtual library that’s accessible anytime, anywhere,  audio and video courses on LinkedIn Learning, and a Mentorship Partnership Program where they can learn from colleagues.

“With Project ME, we are able to provide a sharper focus on our goals - whether personal or professional. It encourages team members to seek them out proactively, persistently, and methodically. This initiative is a reminder that to be able to add value to the organization, you have to develop yourself.” - Marla Guevarra, Manager - Talent Optimization, AEV

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