Meet the Team is a new blog series where Lofelt colleagues tell you a bit about themselves: their day-to-day life at work and in Berlin, cool projects they’re working on, future goals, what inspires them, and much more. Today, we’re talking with Severine Naeve, our People Development Manager, who handles Human Resources, events and a million things around the office. There is nothing she can’t do – trust us!
Severine, let’s start with your life at Lofelt. When did you start working with us?
I started working here in November 2017.
And, what were you doing before that?
I was working as a radio journalist and had my own company, which I sold in 2017. I offered packages of organic baby clothing to rent.
Could you describe an average day at Lofelt and what you’re currently working on?
The role of People Development Manager is a bit of a combination of classic HR and feel-good management. I organize our hiring process, onboard new colleagues, spearhead team events and generally keep everyone happy. We have people from all over the world on the team, so I also support with the sometimes quite confusing stuff regarding everyday life in Germany. Apart from that, I take care of things like accounting, ordering office supplies and food. As you can imagine, there is never an average day for me – which I absolutely love about my job.
Every role has challenges – what do you find most challenging about yours?
Prioritizing all the different tasks and getting them done in the end.
What is one of your favorite things about working here?
Being part of a really kind, fun and diverse team that works together on outstanding technology. As a mother I appreciate the unconditional support for family life and all the challenges that can come with it, be it a sick child or a parent-teacher conference in the afternoon. All of this makes me come to work with a smile on my face – even on a rainy Monday morning.
OK, I haven’t stumped you yet. How about this: describe Lofelt in three words
Innovation. Fun. Respect.
If you could set a company goal for five years from now, what would it be?
A lot of happy people working in our offices around the globe.
And, how about a five-year goal for yourself?
Traveling regularly between all of our offices around the world and making sure everybody stays happy. And, a pony in my backyard, of course.
We know you love your current job, but if you could switch roles with anyone else in the company, who would it be and why?
I would probably switch with one of our mechanical engineers. I am deeply impressed that their desks look like Gyro Gearloose’s workshop … I don’t know exactly what they are doing, but the results obviously speak for themselves.
Time to get a bit personal. Please describe yourself in 3 words
Nobel, helpful and good. Oh, no, wait: that is my boss.
If you could pick up a new skill instantly, what would it be?
Playing guitar. I know I could still learn it, but I am so impatient and want to be able to play my favorite songs immediately. I played "Come as You Are" by Nirvana once, but then I realized how much I had to practice to get that far - I am probably more the listening-to-music-type.
What is the funniest thing that’s happened while you were at work?
Impossible to share that!
What is your favorite thing to do on weekends in Berlin (that you’re willing to share with complete strangers)?
In summer I love going to the Liepnitzsee with my daughter and friends. It’s in the north of Berlin and you can get quite close by train (with the “Heidekrautbahn”) and go the rest with your bike. In the middle of the lake is a small island. A little ferry takes you over there. You can find hidden beaches or unused docks everywhere and swimming there feels like being in the Amazon – surrounded by all this green and the water is very clear. But of course no anacondas, which is – apart from the travel distance – a plus, too. In winter we usually visit the "Naturkundemuseum" 15 to 20 times, since my daughter is obsessed with dinosaurs and the universe.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Queen of Sweden.
Really? Could you explain a bit more about this.
I was just so impressed by this romantic story of of the German girl, Sylvia, meeting the king of Sweden at the Summer Olympics in Munich – and then getting married to him just a few years later. I thought becoming a Swedish queen is obviously easy and that I would give it a try, too. Also, their castles have such sweet names like "Drottningholm." So, thanks to Astrid Lindgren I thought my life would be about having loads of fun between Bullerby and Drottningholm.
What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Sorting eggs on a chicken farm. At the time I could blindly separate seven different sizes with my bare hands and drop them in the correct tray.
As you know, we are all music geeks at Lofelt, so, we have to ask: what is your favorite song at the moment?
Celeste Barber. And, the queen of Sweden, of course.
You can see why Lofelt is extremely lucky to have Severine on board. Stay tuned for the next interview!