International teams and salted liquorishPublished: 2018-02-07 11:51
Something I have discovered in my Digital specialist role is the difference in how you form relationships. When I was working on my Graduate program with Tork, most of the time if I was speaking to someone on the phone or in a meeting the chances are, we had already met face to face. My network now, and the people I am in contact with on a regular basis are normally in a different country. This changes how you interact with people massively. It is much easier when you speak to somebody face to face to form a relationship, understanding and way of working than over emails and the phone. Now, I am definitely a millennial and would prefer a text or a call any day but even through my social media/text happy brain there is something different about speaking to somebody in person, some sort of connection.
I am not saying I don’t have a good working relationship with my global colleagues. Quite the opposite, its just that the few meetings you have each year to speak and meet each other face to face become much more important. Team building exercises and group projects really help to smooth out any difficulties when collaborating across time zones. Working in an international team has its own challenges but also its own rewards. The last team meeting I had I was introduced to a Dutch sweet which has a salted liquorish ball with a chewy salted caramel and chocolate casing round the outside. I can already visualise people’s faces screwing up at the combination there, trust me it is amazing.
One of my responsibilities is to create, update and maintain the careers website on a program called Tridion. Initially I thought this was going to be some more complicated form of WordPress which I have used before, I was very wrong. I have discovered that, what at first can seem a simple spacing or text issue on a page can open a whole new can of worms somewhere else. Sometimes it feels a bit like I’m on a boat and holes keeping springing up and I just get a finger there in time and another one starts spraying me in the neck. And then there are the times where you have been whittling away at some coding problem for hours and suddenly everything clicks. Honestly over three years into my career with Essity and nothing is more satisfying than beating Tridion and standing triumphant over a page with videos, double spacing and images where they should be. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!