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Published: 2022.08.19.

Meet Alia 


“Apa khabar semua” – hello and how are you guys? Special warm greetings from Malaysia. Born in beautiful Penang, Malaysia, I chose my career to be in the safety, health and environment (SHE) industry as it is a way for me to contribute to the well-being of my fellow workers. I graduated with a diploma in Safety and Health and am now completing my degree level.

I was lucky enough to be offered an internship at Roche in Malaysia in the month of March 2022. I was intrigued with the process of selection for an internship as the team involved was very professional and friendly. Even before joining Roche, they made me feel welcomed. With Roche’s mission to improve the quality of life for those around us and the philosophy of work-life integration, working at Roche has enriched my life in ways that I never expected.

My current responsibility with my mentor’s guidance is to create a safe and healthy environment at the Roche Services & Solutions affiliate in Kuala Lumpur, particularly in the field of ergonomics. I managed to fulfil many of my tasks using Roche’s collaborative communication tools, in this case mainly applications from Google. I was given the responsibility to contribute to the communication assets of the importance of ergonomics. This was achieved with the assistance of fellow workmates. The structured training and guidance by management and other colleagues have enabled me to learn more about how to do my work and take on responsibility.

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“Safety isn’t expensive, it is priceless”

Alia
The value of ergonomics is often underestimated, which makes for potential hazards in the workplace. This is because injuries due to poor ergonomics are not as obvious as injuries caused by falls or dangerous chemicals. By providing ergonomic chairs to all employees, stand-up desks and education on the importance of ergonomics, Roche has proactively created an approach to reduce stress for employees at work.

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, many thousands of employees across the country were offered work-from-home arrangements. Roche created a method to constantly remind employees to take a break every 20 minutes via a reminder notification.
Recently I was involved in a very memorable project. Due to the pandemic, we have not been able to celebrate our festivities for the past two years. I was responsible for organising the Raya Celebration at our office here in Kuala Lumpur. Our team made the decorations from recycled and environmentally friendly materials for our respective floors. Our team won the Raya Decoration Competition, and the teamwork to get it done was superb. We had a lot of fun making the decorations despite the time constraints. Even though it has only been three months since I joined Roche, which is considered a short stint, the experiences I have gained are fully wonderful and memorable. These are some of the reasons why it is so enjoyable and fulfilling to be working at Roche.

I am not only contributing to a safe working environment for my colleagues here, but with Roche’s global contribution to healthcare, I feel that in some small way I am also doing my bit for mankind. Even though I am working in Malaysia, I am able to communicate and work with people from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and cultures. It is without a doubt that the family bond is at home, but with Roche, it is proven that this bond can also exist at work.

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