With rapid innovations taking place, working in the manufacturing sector continues to be a dynamic experience, which encourages people to evolve, always. Apart from the people at the frontline, Human Resources teams constantly need to adopt newer practices, to keep up with the times.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this need to keep up with the changing times is stronger than ever. This is especially critical as a lot of manufacturing functions had to be revamped, to ensure the employees’ wellbeing.
Today, let’s read about the story of Claudia Asensio Vecchio, HR Generalist – Europe, on her journey so far as a HR professional in the manufacturing industry.
Why did you choose to work in HR Administration?
When I was younger, I was really interested in learning more about labour laws and HR practices. So, a career in HR seemed like a natural fit.
What do you think helped you get so far in your career?
I think, for me, the inner motivation to be a bit better every day, motivated me to go far.
What values by ELGi have stayed with you since you first joined?
I think all the values by ELGi resonate with me! If I were to pick some, those would be integrity, sensitivity and collaboration.
I love the fact that at ELGi, these values are not only promoted but also consistently applied daily. This can be even seen during hard times like the COVID19 crisis.
What have been your key learnings at ELGi?
Do things with true purpose.
What’s the first thing you bought with your own money?
I bought a new laptop!
How have you handled multiple responsibilities with ease?
I’d say, so far so good! By organizing myself with useful tools such as to do lists and follow-up notes, I’ve been able to strike a balance.
What has been your biggest success during the lockdown phase?
My biggest success during that phase was to keep healthy and active.
Based on your experience, what advice would you give to young women considering a career in your field?
I would recommend them to grow their HR network and always be receptive to feedback.
What’s your favourite thing about being a woman?
I think my favourite thing of being a woman is that we can bring life to the world. This, I believe, is truly beautiful.
Which woman or women inspire you and why? Could you share a quote by them that inspires you the most?
Michelle Obama inspires me the most. I deeply connect with her quote, "Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own"
What does the International Women’s Day slogan, #ChooseToChallenge mean for you in your work life?
It means a lot as we still need to keep fighting for women's right worldwide.
Also, I love the fact that this is a collective initiative and men are also raising their voice. This, I think, is very important.
In view of the #ChooseToChallenge theme, what advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self this: "Hey, darling! Keep believing in yourself. You are doing great, and if you fall, it would only help you to grow!"
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
It would be to learn how to play the violin.
What is the message you want to send to young women thinking about a career in the manufacturing industry?
I would tell them: "Go for it, work hard and you will achieve what you aim for!”