As a global company, Kimball strives to incorporate local social and cultural norms into its operations, while maintaining the strength and consistency of its singular company culture. Adapting to local communities, Kimball is able to think globally and act locally.
The basic tenets of the Company's culture and guiding principles are adaptable and applicable to cultures around the world. Currently, aside from the United States, Kimball employs people in Mexico, Poland, Thailand, and China.
Across the globe, Kimball operations in various nations are managed and run by local citizens, yielding greater employee engagement and promoting cross-cultural development.
Kimball values and respects local country laws and practices that make them competitive in their particular work location. These practices are aligned with our company principles and evolve over time as needed to continuously improve. Consistent practices across our organization include: Employee Appreciation expectations, Total Compensation principles (i.e., incentive-based compensation) and Employee Relations strategy, Health and Wellness philosophy, Safety practices and Environmental protection.
The main element of Kimball's global workplace environment is based in Kimball philosophy. We have built our non-U.S. organizations in the same way as our U.S. locations: the foundation of our practices comes from our company Vision and Guiding Principles. We train our organization to understand what is meant by our GP's and the various locations embody the principles into their practices while following their own country-specific laws, regulations and cultural norms.
Kimball values what is appropriate in each of our work locations. Although such things as specific benefits, pay scales and training opportunities may vary from place to place, the programs are conceived and guided by our corporate guiding principles. Doing so makes us affordable and competitive for our customers in those markets. At the same time, these programs are supportive of our employees.
As a global organization, we have specific councils and/or cross-functional team meetings that expose our employees to continuous improvement efforts in our facilities. Areas such as Engineering, Materials Management, Quality Councils, SAP Users Groups, and global Human Resources conduct team meetings, via website, conference calls, and user group meetings, to share lessons learned.
Unlike many global corporations, Kimball does not insert U.S. expatriates into the top level management positions of its non-domestic operations. Rather, we seek and place local nationals to lead their fellow citizens as they understand the cultural nuances of leadership and service. Such practice provides opportunities to further help our U.S. team learn from this interaction.