Interview with Nadine Maier; HR Manager EMEA for Actuate Corporation
Meet Nadine Maier, HR Manager EMEA for Actuate Corporation. Nadine is a HR generalist with a track record of managing and driving large-scale international HR projects and change programs within international, innovative, technology-driven environments. At present, Nadine’s HR responsibilities are split predominately between London and Germany.
Tell me a funny HR story
I love the humour of Job descriptions/codes:
"Seeking candidates with a wide variety of experience" = You will, in fact, be replacing three people who have just left.
"Problem solving skills a must" = You're walking into a company which is in perpetual chaos.
"Good communication skills" = Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they want and do it.
What piece of HR legislation would you most like to get rid of and conversely introduce?
Collective Agreements. I would introduce a proper solely performance driven system which is coupled with a fair Comp & Bens model.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been asked at interview?
How honest are you?
If you could have a super power to help with HR what would it be?
Give all Managers of the world a “Manager gene”
Would you rather face a works council in France or a mass redundancy in the UK?
Works Council in France .. you just need to know how to approach them.
What would you least like to find in your inbox on a Monday morning?
A rejected offer of a Sales Manager applicant who has successfully completed all internal interviews.
What do you think your non-HR friends think your job entails?
Being very disciplined and strict, no friends within the company.
What do you tell them it entails?
You need a lot of emotional intelligence and be a trustful “colleague” in order to receive all the information you need to support the business and Managers in the right way and direction. Be fair!
Do you think any particular company is doing HR particularly well?
Google is one of the most innovative organisations and has created an incredible employer brand. Google has successfully created a 1:1 employee/employer brand. As part of inducing employee creativity, Google emphasises innovation and considers each employee as a contributor of those innovative activities.
Google expects every employee to understand they are an important part of the company’s success!! HR at Google operates therefore under the work name “People Operations”!
If you could start your career from scratch, what would you do differently?
Would you still be in HR?