Are you familiar with Hong Bee Yin, the executive director at electronics cleaning company JCS? She is easily one of the foremost individuals in her field. She also has a rather unique outlook when it comes to business. If you’re curious to learn more, here are 10 things about her that just might surprise you.
1. She strongly believes in automation
One of the things she has noticed about the workforce lately is that there is a genuine shortage of skilled applicants for the positions that need to be filled. As far as she’s concerned, this is not something that’s likely to change any time soon. As a result, she feels like the only way for companies to keep up is through automation. She is also quick to point out that there are many additional benefits of automation, such as a more streamlined operation and lower operating costs.
2. She is a big fan of leveling the playing field
She's always been a fan of making things more efficient and in business, efficiency means leveling the playing field so that everyone has the same opportunities to do as much business as possible. For her, that typically means inputting automation into the company that she's working with, largely because she believes that is the best way of making business more efficient. She even admits herself that she's not a terribly big fan of the idea of giving human beings an opportunity to be more productive because more often than not, she says that they will let you down.
3. For her, everything is a numbers game
It's easy to see why she's been made the head of a major industrial company. Everything is about numbers for her. By finding the shortest route to the biggest production numbers, she helps businesses become more efficient. In addition, she doesn't have a tendency to look at anything but the numbers. For her that's what tells the story. Everything else is just a bunch of collateral information that she has to wade through in order to get to where she really wants to be.
4. She doesn’t trust easily
She openly admits that she is not a person that trusts easily. If you haven't already figured it out, she has some major trust issues with people because she feels like the majority of them will, at some point, end up letting you down, even if they're the most dedicated people you've ever met in your life. That's why she tends to spend her life building machines. For her part, it's a lot less complicated and those machines are less likely to let her down. As a result, that's where she puts her focus.
5. She’s all about holding people accountable
She may be a big fan of automating virtually everything, but even she admits that you can't completely eliminate the human equation from business. That being said, she was one of the first to implement a system that would hold people accountable by eliminating traditional time clocks and forcing people to use a fingerprint scanning system. She says that it's because she suspected that people were abusing the time clock system and she decided to put in a new system that would eliminate that problem.
6. She believes in spending money to make money
As far as she's concerned, you can't really make money unless you're willing to spend some money first. In the world of automation, that means spending a lot of money in order to get where you want to be. It also means enjoying big profits later on down the line.
7. She’s considered an expert in her field
There’s no doubt about it, she is often considered an expert in her chosen field and it’s easy to see why. She has almost single-handedly spearheaded a number of improvements that keep JCS and the customers who depend on them, moving forward. Much of this innovation comes from her drive to succeed as well as her curious nature toward all things automated.
8. She doesn’t routinely take time away from work
Remember the part about her implementing a fingerprinting system in order to get people to clock in and out? Part of the reason that she decided to do this is because she herself rarely takes time away from work. She's one of those people that tends to work all the time as opposed to taking personal days off. In fact, she won't hardly even take a day off when she's sick. She's also never been one to believe much in personal days. She believes that if you have a job, you should always be willing to be there and do your best, regardless of outside circumstances. This is something that she also holds true for those on her team. Clearly, the individuals who work with her have to be as dedicated as she is. Otherwise, it's likely to be a short relationship.
9. She’s doing what others have never done before
Up until now, the precision engineering industry was definitely a man’s world. The truth of the matter is that she is the first woman to be in charge of a major company in this industry. The very fact that she is doing things that no other woman in her country has ever done before speaks volumes about her ability to make waves, in all the best ways possible.
10. She doesn’t ever back down from a challenge
As you might have already imagined, she doesn't really tend to back down from challenges. What she does tend to do is look at everything from a practical perspective and then move forward from that point. Usually, that means looking at things through numbers or something that's equally concrete. While she doesn't tend to back down from challenges, she's also not particularly impressed when she accomplishes something no one else has ever done. For her, it's just another day at work.
Written by Allen Lee
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