“No matter what business you think you are in, you are in the people business.” This was a quote I learned from a mentor of mine at college before coming to Stryker. I didn’t quite understand what he was referring to originally; however, after spending my summer at Stryker, these words now have an incredible amount of meaning to me. “No matter what business you think you are in, you are in the people business” THIS is the mindset of a successful business, and THIS is the mindset and culture I see at Stryker.
Stryker is in the Medical Technologies (Med Tech) business, but more importantly, they are very much in the people business. When thinking about Stryker’s mission statement, “Together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better,” it is evident that people are at the heart of everything we do. Stryker does a great job of keeping the customer in mind when designing products, and are constantly improving the quality of their products to ensure the best patient outcomes. However, it would be silly to suggest that Stryker is the only Med Tech company focused on helping people. When I say Stryker is in the people business, I’m not just referring to the customers and patients they serve with their products, since most Med Tech companies are serving people. What I am referring to is the way Stryker treats their employee’s day in and day out. Stryker is a company that values their people. A company that cares for their people. A company that develops their people, and one that gives them room to be creative and reach their full potential. Stryker treats their people like a family. This is what I believe my mentor was referring to when he said regardless of what business you are in, you are in the people business. People comprise every business, and the way you treat your employees will either make or break your business.
I have seen Stryker embody what it means to be in the “people business” numerous times this summer. From team off sites, to celebratory lunches, and philanthropy events, these are just some of the many examples that come to mind when I think of ways Stryker proves the value of their employees. One of my favorite memories this summer would be my team building off sites Stryker encourages each team to do every quarter. How many other Med Tech interns can say they got to navigate a high ropes course 50ft in the air with their team lead, or learn how to shoot archery with their project manager this summer? Stryker sponsors these events because they understand the importance of comradery and communication within a team. They know that if they put effort into developing strong and satisfied teams, it will only make their business more successful. When you hear about Stryker winning awards for “Best Workplace” or “Best Company to Work for,” sure it has something to do with Stryker’s commitment to produce superior products which save lives, but I believe it is primarily because Stryker is in the people business.
Elizabeth Buck- R & D Engineer Intern
Fremont, CA; Stryker Neurovascular
Texas A&M University