In the Spotlight: Olena Koval, HR Data Manager

As we continue our behind the scenes look at the people at the heart of Oximio, we were delighted to learn from Olena Koval, HR Data Manager, about her entry into human resources, what she enjoys about her job and how she likes to spend her free time.

What inspired you to follow a career in HR?

I never thought I would be working in HR, but never say never. I graduated from the finance faculty and planned to develop further in this field, worked in banks in various positions, and I really liked my work until I decided to radically change the direction of work and join the Oximio team as a project specialist.

Already after half a year of work, I began to think about possible directions of development in the company, but I did not consider the HR department.

Less than a year after I joined, the war in Ukraine started. Thanks to the company, I ended up in Hungary, where I got to know the HR team better.

Embracing new challenges and opportunities is always invigorating. So when the HR department invited me to join their dynamic team, I readily accepted the proposal without any hesitation.

Tell us a little bit about your role and what a typical day looks like?

My day starts with a cup of coffee, checking my work email and calendar for the day, and tackling small tasks at hand. Then I make a plan for the day and prioritize tasks.

The main part of my day consists of setting up the current HR systems of Compass and E-days, adding new employees into the system, helping new and existing employees to use the systems, setting up and sending surveys and performance reviews. Preparation of various reports. The second most important task, which I now deal with almost every day, is the setting up of a new HR system, Zoho, that will be implemented soon.

What do you like most about your job

I enjoy helping people most in my work, also adjusting the system and looking for ways to improve processes.

What would you say was your best achievement or you are most proud of in your role?

My current role is as a team project manager for the implementation of the new HR system, and I am proud of it.

When you’re not working at Oximio, how do you like to spend your free time?

I spend my free time from work with my family. We go to the cinema, concerts, museums, zoo (when possible), or just walking. In the evenings we like to watch interesting movies together.

I go to the gym. I also like to paint pictures by numbers, embroider, knit, read, dance, and do crafts with my daughter, but there is not always enough time for it all, so I should choose every time.

Do you have any personal/business goals you would like to achieve in the year ahead?

I am in the process of achieving the biggest goal, which will be the transition to a new HR system.

It will be a very user-friendly HR system for everyone, with a very friendly and intuitive interface, all employees will be trained and provided with training materials to make the transition very smooth. In the new HR system, you can see the organization chart, book your vacation, complete a survey and carry out a performance review.