Leading the Talent Acquisition function of a rapidly growing technology business is far from straightforward, particularly when you’re trying to maintain company culture and support ambitious headcount plans.
In advance of a HR Think Tank we’re running for strategic HR and Recruitment professionals next month with Gympass, we caught up with Natalie Brock to understand the journey she’s taken the fitness-tech business on and how she’s supported their growth.
1. What does it feel like to work at Gympass?
I love it! You’re given a lot of autonomy and free reign to deliver. I work with so many incredibly driven, bright individuals who work very hard; I’ve learnt more in the last year than I did in the previous five! It’s a very different work environment that provides great travel opportunities, loads of fun and a really strong culture.
2. What do you do to enjoy a positive work/life balance?
Depending on my travel schedule, I like being able to work from home. I also really enjoy the open plan office environment, sense of team collaboration, work socials and the flexibility around working hours, as it means I can hit the gym whenever suits me. Gympass is a firm believer that as long as you deliver and get your job done, then it doesn’t matter how or when you work.
3. What’s your greatest success to date in your role at Gympass?
Gympass grew by 70% in Europe over the course of one year, so it has to be doubling the size of the recruitment team in the space of five months; whilst maintaining culture.
4. What’s the first thing you do in the morning to set your day up for success?
Definitely fueling my body! I like walking part of my journey to the office to help wake me up and also couldn’t live without my porridge and coffee. Also, I think it’s incredibly important to take the time to try not to think about anything!
5. What books or articles have you read recently that have inspired you?
I’m currently doing my CIPD and I recently completed a module on employee engagement. I found the content on different employee engagement tactics and the life-cycle as a whole really interesting.
6. Favourite technology hack you’d recommend to your peers?
Mine would be Calendly – I’m naturally quite disorganised and forgetful, but if I send a Calendly link out to candidates in inmails or in requests for interviews, they can go ahead and book a slot straight into my diary to speak or meet. It saves me lots of time trying to organise things and helps to ensure I stay on top of my calendar.
If you’re interested in discussing how you create a compelling EVP that enhances employee engagement, strengthens your employer brand and attracts the talent your business needs to be successful then make sure you join us on 8th November for our next HR Leadership Think Tank. For further information and to book your place please click here.