SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) –The committee tasked with revamping Lotte’s company culture revealed on August 22 that it had convened a meeting at a Lotte beverage factory in Chungju.
One of the noteworthy topics discussed at the meeting was the idea for a “reverse mentoring” initiative to encourage understanding between employees of different ages and experience levels.
Under the scope of the suggested organizational experiment, employees would be able to offer advice, call for discussions and host lectures to and for their superiors.
The committee believes that the endeavor could be a win-win for both the younger, inexperienced employees struggling to find their footing and the older staff who would be exposed to new ideas.
Lotte is aiming to begin a trial period before the year ends after it has crafted a coherent system of rules and balances. The experiment will take place at select Lotte subsidiaries.
The company will use the trials to experiment with different ideas before expanding the organizational construct into other subsidiaries.
In another attempt to encourage the exchange of ideas between employees and executives, the committee also proposed the creation of designated rest areas.
It will look to adopt the model of successful cases like Lotte Property and Development Company, which installed rest areas for employees adjacent to office windows.
Committee Co-Chair Hwang Gak Gyu said, “To create a culture that serves as the foundation of a company that can thrive for 100 years, it is necessary to defer not only to executives but also to employees at the ground level and hear out their opinions and apply them. [The committee] will make efforts to create an environment that streamlines communication channels and illuminates creative endeavors.”