Interview with Hynek Homér, Integrity Ambassador, foreman from PF1-M/113 V – Assembly Line MB I
What inspired you to become an integrity ambassador?
My interest in the topic was piqued by a survey in ŠKODA Mobil. I joined the group of ambassadors because I wanted to know how other colleagues view integrity at the carmaker.
How do you see the ambassadorship in your production department?
For me, this is an opportunity to inform colleagues who have not yet been introduced to the integrity topic on what exactly it is and what form it takes.
What would you like to achieve as an ambassador?
I would like to help people not be afraid to do the right thing. I want to lead by example by showing them that it is acceptable to act according to one’s conscience.
What benefits do you see in employees following the integrity principles in practice?
In particular, it will lead to transparency and improved interpersonal relationships. In the end, every problem that goes unreported gets worse, as do bad workplace relationships. For example, if an employee accidentally damages something and reports it, it is immediately corrected and everything is solved. By contrast, an unreported problem can end in customer dissatisfaction. And all of us want to prevent that.
How do you understand integrity at ŠKODA AUTO?
It is a summary of the correct behaviour of employees at all levels and positions and is derived from the corporate culture. Recently, I’ve noticed significant improvements, especially in the workplace, as supervisors have greater trust in their subordinates, and vice versa.
Integrity is often associated with a situation where there is no one right solution, and it’s necessary to follow one’s own values and conscience and often to prove personal courage. In your work, have you ever encountered a situation where you couldn’t rely on fixed rules, yet you knew you had to solve the situation?
Everyone who works with people knows that they have to approach them individually. For example, when we have a 10-minute break during a shift to take care of our physiological needs, the coordinator rotates the team members so that they can take it. However, this time may not be sufficient for certain employees due to health reasons or because they can’t at the moment. As the boss, you have to evaluate the situation correctly and respect it. ED