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Undo, Undo 

It gets pretty windy in our office parking garage, and one winter morning the wind was so strong it whipped my hair back and forth, no dance moves required. Once inside I made my way to the ladies’ room to put it all back in place. I combed from side to side, trying to get it just right. When I combed part of it one way, I immediately didn’t like what I had done and wanted to move it back to where it was before. And without thinking, I muttered, “Undo, undo.” And I stopped and thought about what had just happened.

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Growing and Learning at Celanese 

It’s taken me some time to get used to the safety culture here at Celanese, but I’ve learned plenty about how to do better over the last few months. While I’ve slipped, tripped and fallen on everything from trains, planes and automobiles, I am excited to say that I haven’t had an incident this week so far. I’ve been accident free while preparing for the day, commuting and moving about the office. It’s funny how quickly things can change.

Every day I’ve woken up and found the right shoes to wear and checked the weather before heading out the door. I’ve been driving slowly on my way to work, being sure to check traffic beforehand. I’ve even rearranged my workspace for improved ergonomics.

When I began writing this blog series my goal was simply to have a better safety record, and I think I’m headed toward success. With your feedback—and help from the people that I’m lucky to call my team mates—I’ve learned plenty about the importance of safety at home and in the office.

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Celanese and City Year: Making Better Happen in Dallas 

The hallways of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School are now much quieter than they were a month ago. Students are taking a break from lessons and lectures as they enjoy the summer months. Though, when they return, their hallways, gyms, and outdoor spaces will be more beautiful than when they left thanks to the partnership of City Year and the Celanese Foundation. On May 29th, nearing the end of the school year, Celanese employees visited Roosevelt to paint the hallways and gyms, plant gardens, and build picnic tables to create a more welcoming environment for the students when they return.

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Bringing color to your future path: Girls’ Day at the Frankfurt site in Germany 

What does a chemistry company do? Twelve girls between the ages of 14 and 16 took advantage of Girls’ Day to seek answers to this question at the Emulsion Polymers lab at our Frankfurt production site. Founded in 2001, this annual event is designed to allow girls in this age group an insight into a variety of companies, institutions and organizations to see what exciting jobs they have to offer. After a safety briefing and a short introduction to Celanese, it was down to business for the girls. Well equipped with safety coats and glasses and split into groups of four, the young ladies learned about what a day at the lab looks like. In addition, they had the chance to peek behind the scenes at the field of natural sciences.

 

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Five Commuting and Travel Tips 

What did your most hectic commute look like? Or your worst travel experience?  In the weeks since my last post, I’ve had a few mishaps while commuting to, or traveling for, work. I ran into more car trouble than I care to remember, tripped over my own gym bag while running into the office, and had an embarrassing run-in with airport security. So, I’ve been left wondering—what could make my morning commutes and my future travel experiences run smoothly and safely?

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How a Little Planning Can Go a Long Way 

A little planning can go a long way, but what’s the recipe for success? First, you need personal vision and commitment to be successful. If you’re not personally invested into the task you’re faced with, it will become meaningless and you won’t follow through. In order to finish, you have to first be willing to give it your all, no matter how big or small it may seem, by beginning with the end in mind.

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Good Days Start with Planning 

We all have lousy days, and last week I had one of my lousiest. I embarrassed myself in a meeting, destroyed my company laptop and locked myself out of my car. My day began like any other. I got up and showered, brushed my teeth and then headed for the door. Seems like a perfect morning. So what went wrong?

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A Heart for Refugees 

In Germany alone, 158,000 refugees have sought protection this year. They flee their homelands because they fear war and political power struggles and consequently see no opportunities there for themselves. For this reason, we, the nine bachelor degree students at the Celanese Sulzbach site in Germany, took heart and organized a social day at Villa Anna in Eppstein during this pre-Christmas season.

The Villa Anna, which was once an addiction therapy center, was converted into a shelter for…

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Making Myself at Home 

I always look forward to participating in Celanese’s Global Impact Week (GIW). Employees from around the globe volunteer simultaneously and positively to impact the people and communities where we live, work and play. This year 3,588 employees spent 17,556 hours working with local organizations that needed our help painting, planting, learning, cooking, visiting and more. Thank you for your commitment to improving the world around you!

This year, my team volunteered at Vogel Alcove. Vogel Alcove provides …

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Stepping out from behind the corporate curtain 

I’m in my early 20s and slowly learning the DOs and DON’Ts of daily corporate life.

  • DO show up to work earlier rather than later.
  • DON’T stay in your cubicle all day long.
  • DO ask others if they need help on projects they are working on.
  • DON’T be afraid to ask for help.

As I am trying to learn as much as possible, I have found myself caught in a bit of a trap. I’m watching each step I take so carefully, with a fixed gaze on my feet, I have forgotten to look up and look in the mirror. I sometimes work to reflect this corporate image I have in my mind, rather than the…

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Learning the value of Values: An intern’s perspective 

When we started working on the Celanese Values Challenge, a two-week competition we hosted at our company headquarters in Dallas, we set out with a charge: to educate Celanese employees about our new values so they could internalize and connect with them. We expected employees to learn about our values by participating in the challenge; however, in the end, we realized how much we had internalized those values ourselves.

Our managers demonstrated to us how much they valued Employee Growth, one of Celanese’s six values, by giving us the responsibility of not only coming up with the idea of a competition from scratch, but also finding creative solutions to implement every step of the way no matter what roadblocks we faced. When push came to shove, we learned…

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Celanese Foundation Annual Giving Fair – Giving Hope! 

Recently at the Celanese company headquarters in Dallas, more than 40 non-profit organizations in the areas of health, education, hunger and shelter spent two hours sharing their organizations services with more than 250 employees and visitors at the Celanese Foundation Annual Giving Fair. The event was followed up with a survey allowing employees the opportunity to provide feedback on agencies and areas they want the Celanese Foundation to financially support in the future.

Hope is so important to this endeavor, and it was encouraging to see hope in action. As an event planner for Celanese, setting up and preparing for the organizations, employees and guests — and then watching everyone…

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Lessons Learned on the Beach 

The volunteer work we did was relatively simple – sift the sand on the beach through screens to separate rocks, debris and other objects so the former seaside resort town could return to its previous beautiful state. The lessons I learned from touring the town and learning about the catastrophe were more complex.

Approximately 30 minutes after the earthquake, a wall of water between 50 and 60 feet high swept through the town with the type of force I had previously only seen (or imagined) in movies. Sixty-two percent of the towns 4,000 households were…

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A real CHASE for team spirit 

Even though the great Chase Run 2014 event was several weeks ago, I still have fond memories of watching all the runners show up to the after party wearing their fun shirts that said “Ich bin …”(“I am…”).  We have quite a creative team — as well as a confident team –based on the words and phrases that were written and worn during the race.

This was my first big event with Celanese, and it was great to see so many participants from all over Europe — and even one from…

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Finishing Together – Team Spirit Found 

It was a beautiful summer evening in Germany. A helicopter soared over skyscrapers, broadcasting from one of the world’s largest races, the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. Crowds gathered together with a contagious excitement with the aim of promoting wellness in the workplace. 71,000 participants filled the downtown Frankfurt streets for a memorable 3.5 mile run.

Taking everything in, I looked over at my colleague, Eszter and reflected on when we first met. Just one week before, there she stood at the airport gate welcoming me with a…

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A workday more fun than a barrel of monkeys 

I read about the Kobelt Zoo in the newspaper. I was impressed that admission to the zoo – now almost 100 years old – is free, and that the employees there work on a voluntary basis.

Since I also found out that the zoo currently has problems in meeting requirements by the local authorities, I thought it would be a good candidate for support through the Celanese Social Day. The Celanese Global Communications team immediately agreed and many of my colleagues were also excited about the idea. So in April of this year, me and a team of 33 colleagues set off for…

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Young experts behind the scenes: Boys’ Day 2014 in Sulzbach, Germany 

When you are at the age of eleven, you really don’t spend that much time philosophizing about what you want to be when you grow up. The German Boys’ Day and Girls’ day events are a perfect opportunity for all these open, young minds to gather first-hand ideas on their plans for the future. Founded for the girls in 2001, and for the boys in 2011, respectively, this annual event is designed to allow boys and girls from grades five to 10 the great chance to gain insight into companies, institutions and organizations and what exciting jobs they have to offer.

In Sulzbach, we hosted 12 super-curious boys ages 10 to 14 and made them dive into the world of…

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A Little Creative Tension is Fun! 

If you didn’t run away from the title, you’re probably still thinking, “Come on!  Really?” or something along those lines.  But, really, it is fun, and if you stay with me for a few more minutes, I’ll show you why.

“Creative tension” or “healthy tension” is the catch-phrase of the day.  It refers to the tension that forms as a result of different groups or people trying to achieve the best result while going about it in different, sometimes disagreeable, ways; and that can lead to tension or conflict, which ultimately results in a more creative solution.

I’m in the Global Sales organization for Celanese, and I can tell you that we have our fair share of…

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KeepSafe – the one stop terminology for all your safety needs 

At Celanese we seek to operate responsibly to make a positive impact on our communities and the lives of those with whom we work. Singapore site employees challenge others to demonstrate the right behaviors to protect our personal safety both in the workplace and in our homes. Last year the site was recognized with the most creativity award. Watch the following video to go behind the scenes of their winning entry by the Keep Safe team. Please leave a comment to congratulate them…

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Daily gratitude can bring out the smiles in us all 

Thank you. These two little words carry so much power and are sure to brighten the day.

Although we are a global company, it’s easy to show appreciation and embrace an attitude of gratitude – being grateful for others and their part in our daily lives. In our efforts to embrace our changing culture, I encourage everyone to acknowledge the little things every day that we can…

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The Budapest MikuLASS charity run for the visually impaired 

Through my role in the Budapest office, I have the opportunity to actively participate and lead community relations programs such as charity events or volunteering programs. I am also lucky enough to meet a lot of very interesting people, like last October when I met Steve Kalnoky.

Steve is a Hungarian who lived in the U.S. for a long time and got a really good taste for charity and volunteering there. Like me, he quickly realized the immense differences between community relations practices in the U.S. and here in Hungary.

Steve is a runner. He has been running for years, and when he came back to live in Hungary he continued this hobby on the Margaret Island in the middle of…

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Rock Star Scientists for a Day 

The swirl of colors is mesmerizing and fascinating to the eager young eyes watching intently. The fluorescent reds and oranges, the pastel yellows and blues on labcoats, on hair, on safety glasses, in petri dishes and in flasks become the center of attention as the chemists on stage keep shocking and surprising their young audience. Throughout the course of a single day, hundreds of youngsters sit on the edge of their seats believing what they thought impossible the day before…

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Danke – Thank you 

Danke (meaning thank you) is probably the word I said most in the last few months to all the colleagues that were engaged in the cake baking project and Christmas celebration day at the “Kids and Youth Village Seckach.”

It all started in the summer when my colleagues from Hungary told us about the cake contest in Budapest. We thought we could do something similar and decided to donate the money to the Kids and Youth Village Seckach, home to 180 kids in need from three to 18 years in age. We called the head of the social institution, shared our ideas and already started some planning. By that time we did not dream of…

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Think Pink 14. Race for the Cure in Frankfurt 

When I got sick in 2010, I decided to participate in the annual Race for the Cure in Frankfurt. For health reasons, it unfortunately never actually happened. So it makes me that much happier that Celanese accepted my idea last year of letting employees participate in this event this year.

This year I was fit enough to run and I had a great time. The weather, the people and the atmosphere…

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Short Term Gig to Great Career 

January 1989, I had recently graduated from college and moved back to my hometown unsure of my next steps.  I had a young family and needed to make decisions quickly.  I went in search of a job, l was determined, but was only interested in a short 6-12 month job. Something to pay the bills until I could decide what was next. 

A friend introduced me to an HR manager with Hoechst Celanese. I convinced him to give me an…