Successful kick-off for Young in Aibel

When he took the initiative for the new network for young employees at Aibel, Marcus Hølland Eikeland hoped for at least thirty participants at the first event. In fact sixty people registered - and the initiative is starting to spread to other offices.

 

Young in Aibel, gruppe
Some of the people behind Young in Aibel. From left: Isabell Humberset, Marcus Hølland Eikeland, Nina Ingvaldsen and Thomas Kjellevold.

On Friday 30 September, young employees at Aibel in Stavanger gathered in the canteen for the very first Young in Aibel meeting. The aim of the initiative is to create networks among the company's younger employees, right across departments and specialist areas. The age limit is 35.

Good feedback

"That so many came exceeded all expectations and I interpret this as a clear indication that this network is something that people really want," says Marcus Hølland Eikeland.

"I have had some fantastic feedback from those who took part. It was especially good to hear from those with an international background that they believe this is an initiative that will get them better integrated."

Marcus Hølland Eikeland
Marcus Hølland Eikeland, who took the initiative for the new network, welcomes participants to Young in Aibel and explains its aims.

Presentation about building relationships

Young in Aibel is intended to be a combination of social gathering and acquiring new expertise. During the first meeting, organisational psychologist Andreas Våge gave a presentation about creating good relationships and how behaviour affects the interaction between colleagues. Afterwards the group went out on the town to get to know each other better.

Young in Aibel-deltakere
Young Aibel employees listened to the organisational psychologist with interest.

Other offices are interested

It begins to look as if Young in Aibel, which is a trial project in Stavanger at the moment, could spread to the company's other offices.

"I have been contacted by people in Bergen who want to get this started there. Nothing would be better than to create a community right across many offices and cities, and even to get everyone together a couple of times," says Hølland Eikeland.

Published 2011-10-05, 20:51 CET Updated 2014-01-22, 03:33 CET

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