Offering courses in business, leadership, engineering and functional areas, HARMAN University provides training for employees of all levels and areas.
Our employees are at the heart of our business. Their success is ours, and HARMAN is dedicated to providing a safe, diverse, learning-oriented environment in which every employee can thrive. At HARMAN, we offer a multitude of learning experiences, professional training, and career development opportunities.
Development opportunities are provided at every stage of a HARMAN employee’s career. Individual performance and growth development are provided through HARMAN’s People Cycle and HARMAN Talent Center. The HARMAN Talent Center is a tool that assists employees and managers amplify performance and encourage development and growth. HARMAN also has a strong focus on leadership development.
Our Leadership Experience Accceleration Program (LEAP) develops early career professionals through a two-year global rotation program that includes placement at an international location for a 6-month period. Through LEAP, employees in areas such as Engineering, Sales, Finance, Digital/IT, and Human Resources gain new experiences that prepare them for taking their careers to the next level. For more advanced employees, Hungry Cubs and Hungry Tigers provide an 18-month experience that recognizes and prepares high-performing employees for leadership and career growth. Through Hungry Cubs, select employees at the director and senior director level develop their leadership styles and practice strategic thinking and execution skills. Hungry Tigers selects VP level employees and above to participate in business simulations and partake in multi-day learning and development sessions. The experiences not only benefit program participants but prepare them to develop and encourage the leadership of their direct reports.
We also value the voices of our youngest members. In 2019, we held our second Annual Intern Business Case Competition. This competition provides insight on how our company can build a better work environment and gives interns experience working in diverse teams and presenting to a panel of leadership level employees.
HARMAN University is our comprehensive online and location-based learning resource. Offering academies with targeted course offerings in leadership, engineering and functional areas, HARMAN University provides training for employees of all levels and areas. In the spirit of our learning mindset, the curriculum is always growing and improving. For example, we recently launched a HARMAN University program called Business Leadership United for Engineers which teaches professional skills to engineers. In addition to learning from our programs, employees have the opportunity to contribute their knowledge. HARMAN University partners with employees who share their ideas and expertise for the creation and delivery of new training, and about 350 employees have participated. Employees are required to complete compliance training, which provides education on our Code of Conduct and includes anti-harassment, export controls, and cyber-security topics.
Inclusion, Teamwork and respect are integral values at HARMAN. We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination in our operations or in the recruitment process. We are committed to our employees’ safety and well-being and to creating a culture of inclusion. We have established policies around equal employment, a harassment-free workplace for all (including suppliers, customers, and independent contractors), and the protection of human rights.
Our commitment to inclusion is reinforced at every level. Our Corporate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, and Local Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Teams support and encourage all of our employees in their careers. The mission of our Global council is to establish and drive standards that support and promote diversity, understanding, and inclusiveness across the company. This group also works to increase minority representation and ensure that equitable opportunities and development are available for all.
Two areas of focus include gender and racial equality. At HARMAN, we aim to advance female representation throughout our business. While underrepresented in the tech industry, women hold top ranking positions within our Finance, Legal, Compliance, Talent, and Intellectual Property teams. While our female population has increased over the past three years, we have more work to do to create a more gender diverse environment. We leverage our strong global HARMAN Women’s Network (HWN) to promote inclusion and allyship through the advancement and recognition of women. HWN has 28 chapters across 14 countries and offers programs, panels, local activities on topics including gender equality and empowerment. Initiatives include Global Fireside Chats from female leaders across the globe, Amigo (a new maternity engagement program for mothers in India), and global micro mentoring. Through Amigo, HARMAN provides mothers with resources, reintegration programming, and opportunities to engage with other mothers at HARMAN. In 2020, more than 100 female HARMAN employees received micro mentoring from women at manager level and above. Women from 12 countries participated, and all areas and divisions were represented. We also understand the power of recognition. In India, we invited female engineers to share their stories and experiences through the #WonderfulWomenInSTEM initiative. Ten stories were chosen and shared through HARMAN India’s social media.
In 2020, we established our Black Diversity Task Force and HARMAN Black Professionals Network. We held a Town Hall with an external facilitator and surveyed our Black employees to better understand their experience at HARMAN and the ways in which we as a company can better support and encourage their success. We aim to ensure that our hiring process is equitable and inclusive, that we support the development and advancement of Black employees, that we retain Black talent through a fair and engaging environment, and that our culture is inclusive and supportive both internally and externally.