Ezra Theodora
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Revamping onboarding process
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How would you describe your current role to a HR outsider?

My goal is to create a productive working environment that goes along with building the company culture as well. In order to achieve it, I work closely with all the leaders and managers to make sure we maintain the high performing culture, and support them in any way we can.

What is a common misconception about the work you do?

Many people thought that HR role is only involved in hiring and firing. When actually, our role is to be with the employee in every step of their journey with the company, and make sure they have a great experience while doing so. From the moment they're joining the company, to actually building their career and experience, up until their last working day.

How did you get started in your HR career?

I started as a Learning & Development Intern. I got to see how HR process works closely, and instantly interested with the role.

Describe the most impactful HR project you've personally worked on.

Revamping the Onboarding Process. I made it like a quest starters, and involving other departments as well. It might be a small steps but it's very meaningful, because it helps the new joiners to settle easily, and breaking the ice with other departments as well.

The idea came in when we try to bring each department to get close to one another, and we realize it should be started from the moment they step in the office. So we do surveys on what the new joiners expect in their first day, and what concerns them the most, and then turn them into action steps.

What is one HR/future of work trend or change you're not convinced will work for SEA startups?

The use of ATS, or automated recruitment process. While it's very beneficial to shorten recruitment process,  relying solely on automated systems may overlook the value of personal connections and the ability to assess cultural fit during the recruitment process.

What is one HR/future of work trend or change that you hope to see more of at SEA startups?

Hybrid working. Because so far, I've seen many increasement productivity because of hybrid working. People spend less time on commuting, and more on getting their job done.

What is your favourite HR resource that you would recommend to this community?

It's a book by Daniel Pink, the title is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

Lastly, where are you based, and where would you take friends visiting your city for the first time?

I'm based in Depok, but I took my friends to Blok M area when they're visiting :)

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