Amgen – How to help your team find purpose at work
How to find purpose in your work?
So how can leaders showcase their organisation’s purpose when it’s something intangible? It helps if the leader connected with the company’s mission, just like Jessica Simpson, human resources director at Amgen Singapore Manufacturing. Simpson has been at Amgen for over 13 years and rose the ranks from intern to HR director in less than a decade.
“I started as an intern and have been really inspired by the company and wanted to stay because of our mission,” she told HRD. “One of the things that I’ve loved about being part of Amgen is the purpose and how we give back. I can say that’s one of the things that drew me to the company.”
Before Amgen, she was in a different sector and had really enjoyed the work she was doing but felt like there was a missing piece to her work, because “I didn’t feel a personal connection” to it. Then she experienced a personal tragedy and it completely changed her career focus.
“I actually had a family member who got cancer,” she said. “I think that was the moment when I really shifted my focus and decided I wanted to work for a company that has a mission to help others and serve patients.”
That was exactly what she found at Amgen, which is a Fortune 500 biotechnology company that’s committed to using science to help patients suffering from serious illnesses. Their company mission is simple: ‘to serve patients’. Besides focusing on providing returns for stockholders and staff, they also prioritise ‘the needs of patients’ as a company value.