Whoever applies for a job at WDP is warmly welcomed by Sophie Corona. As Group HR Manager, she has taken care of the WDP Team for almost seven years. It’s a job that’s written into her DNA and which allows her to look for the best in people and herself every day. We asked Sophie how she manages her day, and which challenges she faces.
The tasks of an HR manager
“Everything to do with recruitment & selection, training, remuneration, insurance, fleet management, staff events, reporting, retention and motivation of employees comes to me", Sophie says. "In Romania, I can count on a local consultant, and here at the head office, Kelly helps me with operational matters regarding payroll, administration of personnel and our fleet. So, I have more time to follow up on HR projects, such as a compensation and benefits survey, the optimisation of our fleet, a market-based salary policy across three countries, SharePoint, etc. Very interesting!”
As an HR Manager, Sophie also watches over the mood inside #TeamWDP. “Everything starts with the recruitment. I take care of the applicants with a positive experience by keeping the application process as short as possible, giving them honest feedback and setting the right expectations. That takes care of a good start, which is a guarantee for satisfied employees and sustainable employment”.
“During the recruitment process, I also look at a personal match with the colleagues so that everyone feels good within the team. Once the new colleague starts, I make sure that he or she feels at home from the start by providing them with sufficient information about WDP and the various teams and making the necessary tools available. The onboarding process evolves after six months and is adjusted if necessary”.
Passion for animals
Sophie isn’t only passionate about people, but also about animals. Those passions have more in common than suggested at first glance. “Animals bring me peace. I have my own horse with which I perform the groundwork according to the rules of natural horsemanship. If something doesn’t work, it’s usually my own fault. To communicate more clearly with the horse, it’s also very much about the need for self-insight, patience and respect. Things that you also need when you work with people!”
You can learn more about Sophie in the video!