I was actually head hunted by a recruiter! Someone sent me an InMail about the chance to work with PlayStation and, well – I jumped in first and asked questions later!
What does your role entail?
My role is so varied and it keeps evolving. That’s great to me because it’s the kind of energy I need from work. My role looks at People Strategy for London Studio: what keeps them engaged and motivated, how to get the best from them and unlock their potential. It looks at their needs and balances that with what the business needs – but the most important thing I would say is, I continually get to know the people I work with. I also get to partner with the two Studio Heads in creating the strategy and implement that to the team.
What do you find most exciting about your work here, and what are things you’re passionate about doing?
The most exciting thing is being given creative agency and autonomy to do my job and do what is right by our people. We have an amazing culture here, and a super supportive leadership team. That is essential when you are working hard to embed HR into a business. I kid you not, sometimes I come up with an idea and it’s like they have read my mind! I am most passionate about developing people. The growth mindset is so essential especially where businesses are thriving. Being able to support that, whether it’s up-skilling or coaching and mentoring is so much fun! I am also passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – but that passion stems from my life experiences rather than it being my job.
What has your career path looked like over the years?
It has been one creative role to another, but originally the one thing I said I wouldn’t do is corporate. There was a moment briefly where I thought, let me give it a try! I walked into a HR Advisor interview for a Financial Technology company and halfway through the interview the HR Manager stopped my interview and asked me if I would remove my nose ring. They felt it made me less approachable to the higher uppers. It was the worst interview of my life and it reinforced the fear of corporate, but it also taught me that if a company is right for you, they must accept you irrespective of how you look.
Why should my nose ring and tattoos mean that I can’t perform, or make me less approachable? So I have firmly found my home surrounded by creatives! I started off in Cannes Lions and worked my way up through jobs in fashion, marketing agencies, a record label and then finally to here!
Working from home has become a big part of our lives recently. How have you found this has worked with your team at London Studio?
Everyone is thriving, which makes me a little sad because I am selfishly trying to get everyone back into the office so I can have face to face time with them all. I started my role during the pandemic so I’m keen to meet people in real life. However, I’ve seen such a mature attitude from the team on working from home. They’ve been patient during little setbacks and everyone is still productive – in some cases even more so! I can with confidence say they are doing well!
If you could describe London Studio in a few words, what would they be?