Walking with Heart
On Saturday, September 12th I participated with 164 Dallas employees and their families in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in downtown Dallas. Employees came together and successfully raised $9,075 for heart health benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA). Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. I walked to honor my mama and this is my “Life is Why” story:
After my mother died of congestive heart failure in 2013, years passed before I realized her forgetfulness and inability to do simple tasks were symptoms of heart disease. At first, my mother’s memory loss wasn’t alarming. However, the first time she forgot something major it frightened me because my mother had always been full of life and wisdom. We thought it happened because she was just getting older and more forgetful.
Why Our Spondon Site Went Minion Mad
Do you know the Minions? These little yellow guys have been famous all over the globe thanks to the movie “Despicable Me.” Being awfully cute and terribly clumsy at the same time, especially Kevin, Bob and Stuart, have won the hearts of millions. Earlier this summer, the story of the Minions also made their way to Celanese. Even if it weren’t Kevin, Bob and Stuart ringing my phone, I wouldn’t have minded if they actually did.
On a Wednesday afternoon in July, I received a rather panicky phone call from a printing company based in Leeds, UK, enquiring if we supplied a clear red film, which could be used for a goggle application. Their previous supplier had let them down at the very last minute and they had just four days to create 14,000 pairs of goggles for the UK supermarket chain ASDA.
A Fog Advisory – Navigating the Unfamiliar
On most days, the drive to work is uneventful. When that is the case, you follow a familiar route and the drive is a forgettable, to-be-repeated-tomorrow affair. Yet, sometimes your route can be foggy and your trip requires a change in plan and routine.
In the same way, our day-to-day job is a lot like our daily drive. As we plan our week, we expect it to be familiar with a bit of repetition. Our routines are governed by an anticipated destination and follow a clear, well-traveled path…
A Jump Start in Sneakers
Personally, I always enjoy participating in social and team events. Especially at a sporting event like the J.P. Morgan Chase Run where It is easy to just jump into the next conversation around you and get to know new colleagues from others sites, departments and businesses. Where else would I have the chance to meet all these faces?
Sport has always been a good (and healthy) reason for people to get together and join the race. That’s why I also decided this year to not let the Frankfurt Chase happen without me. I grabbed my bags, a few colleagues from the Dutch site in Geleen and took the bus to Germany. During the 3-hour ride, not only were our sneakers ready for the excitement, but also our moods for the biggest Celanese European team event.
Communications to Facilitate Change
Some changes are welcomed, but others may not be. Many of us enjoy changing our iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 plus without any hesitation, but we may be reluctant to change the environment we have been used to.
Obviously, we like to embrace the change when it benefits us, but we are nervous, or even resistant, if we see uncertainty or risks deriving from the changes. This is not about culture or mindset, it’s about human nature: as a general rule, people don’t like ambiguity.
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.
It Always Works Out In The End
Growing up, my parents always told me to get a good job with a good company and I’d be set for life. My mom worked for Quaker State Corporation; my dad worked in the IT department for a company called Franklin Steel. Both worked at their respective companies for 20-plus years, and for a long time I thought they were right. But, then change came…
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.
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.
This Little Light of Mine
It was a typical work day. I heard there was a Big Brothers Big Sisters lunch and learn so I decided to attend (I was interested, yet I thought I had no extra time in my life). The presentation highlighted a new mentoring program – mentor2.0. As I listened, I thought to myself: “I could handle one weekly email and quarterly in-person events – that’s definitely doable.”
My Little Sister and I learned about each other through our emails. It felt kind of like we were pen pals. Seeing her at our in-person visits was like catching up with a friend. Over time she shared that math and English were difficult for her. I supported her throughout the year and encouraged her to keep working hard and to leverage all the school resources to help her succeed.
A job is just a piece of the solution
One afternoon recently we received a frantic telephone call from a Vogel mom. She was at her brand new job, a job that pays better than minimum wage and could be the start of better things for her and her 4-year-old daughter. This job, combined with support from her housing program and Vogel Alcove, could be her ticket to re-establishing herself with self-sufficiency and independence.
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.
The Listening Habit
I confess. I binge on business books, and can consume them like food.
I think most business books are like popcorn — enjoyable when hot and fresh, with some great nuggets of knowledge, but often you’re left wanting more. It’s like expecting a dinner, but settling for a snack.
How CCA is Helping to Bring Hope and Change Lives
My name is Courtney and I am a single mother who came to Christian Community Action (CCA) at the suggestion of a friend. I had been on bed rest for months through a difficult pregnancy, and was unemployed. I had lost my home due to a recent divorce and was also unable to make my car payments. I was only able off the street because relatives gave me and my children a room.
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?