This week features an interview with Kathrin, our business administration manager. She has quite a diverse variety of tasks at craftworks; stretching from Finance over to HR and Marketing. In this interview, Kathrin will share some advice on how she manages with all of this and give you a book recommendation.
Kathrin, could you start by explaining how you ended up at craftworks?
I used to work at a startup with our CEO, so we’d been colleagues before for a few years already. When he and the others founded craftworks and it turned out they needed my skills in finance and marketing, I was more than happy to join the team 😊
What did you do before craftworks?
I worked for one of the world’s biggest companies in the tourism industry and was in charge of the Expansion Management in Central and Northern Europe.
Could you describe craftworks in 3 words?
Flexible, professional, goal-orientated.
Kathrin, what in your work do you like the most?
Flexible time organization, as well as the remote work possibility and work-life balance. I also love our breakfasts together as a team every other week.
What does your typical day at craftworks look like?
Well, the day usually starts when I decide for it to start, as we have a flexible time system at craftworks 😊. The first thing is coffee ☕. I normally kick off the day with finance topics like account management, monthly accounting and taxes, and then continue with HR topics such as hiring, contacting potential employees, conducting surveys amongst our employees, organise retreats, or check events we could attend as a team…. there’s always something going on. Speaking of the team – we try to have lunch together as often as possible. That’s something I really appreciate, as it significantly strengthens our team spirit.
Apart from work, how do you spend your time off?
I’m a happy mom and love spending every free minute with my family. We also travel a lot whenever we can. And when there’s still time left, I try to improve my language skills and read books.
Kathrin, could you recommend a good read?
Sure, for example: „Managing the Unmanageable“ Ron Lichty, Mickey W. Mantle.
Why this book?
I come from more of a business field, and management in IT works completely different – therefore one needs to understand a bit better how IT brains work 😉.
Is it hard to combine working in the company and spending time with your kid? How do you manage? 🙂
Yes it is hard, as one always has to properly fill out their roles in both business and private life. There’s no such thing as being a part-time-mom ;). Sometimes things come up and you have to re-organise everything. To manage it all well, people around you have to cooperate – e.g. your partner, your boss, your baby sitter. Without this support it would be practically impossible to work 30 hours whilst having a small kid.
3 short questions:
Mac or PC?
Office or remote?
Which music is playing on your player right now?
la complicidad – cultura profetica.
Thanks for your time, Kathrin! Our next interview will be posted as usual in two weeks time.
Thanks for reading and we hope it was useful for you!😊
PS: Due to the large amount of new projects we have, we’re currently hiring more team-members. Sounds interesting? Check our career page.