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While many HR leaders come from such fields as politics, business or law, Batten chose an unconventional path: mechanical engineering. After working in this role with General Motors, she joined 3M’s manufacturing team and eventually broke into the field of HR.
Under Batten’s leadership, 3M became prominently known for employee retention and engagement. There are many reasons for this, ranging from unexpected perks to formal benefits. The company provides such offerings as customizable medical plans based on individual needs, generous maternity leave and three weeks’ paid vacation allotted to workers from day one. The company also likes to let loose, with outdoor movies, food trucks and a multicultural club.
“When you talk to a 3Mer, you’re going to hear the employee use that term often,” Batten says. “This always reminds me how committed, tenacious and united under one vision we are.”