Author: Amélie Quasthoff
One thing is certain, the stork is set to pay numerous visits to the international language service provider, flexword, in 2018. The first flexword baby of the year was born in January and five more will follow in spring. Our certified interpreter and Head of Project Management, Vera Dworsky, who has been at the company for 9 years, will get the ball rolling and goes on maternity leave in March. She will be followed at 2-4 week intervals by further flexword employees from HR and Project Management in both Mannheim and the USA. I am also expecting a visit from the stork and will start my maternity leave in mid April. Managing Director Goranka Miš-Čak welcomes this baby boom and explained with a smile: “With this development we have now safeguarded the next flexword generation in all areas and at all sites.”
Yet this baby boom does present the company with a number of challenges. But flexword wouldn’t be flexword if it couldn’t react rapidly and flexibly to changes. This is in no small part down to the highly motivated and committed team, which is able to manage new situations with flying colours, adapt rapidly to capacity fluctuations and thus guarantee perfect project management. Thanks to flexible and well-organised HR planning, the reorganisation in light of maternity and parental leave, particularly in the project management sector, has already been implemented.
To ensure the smooth continuation of projects and procedures after the first colleagues have left, the other project managers are already involved in the ongoing projects of the mums-to-be and an active handover of duties has already taken place. As of March, the Lead Project Managers Kornelia Puszczak and Christina Müller will assume Vera Dworsky’s projects and responsibilities. The project managers Kristin Nordhaus from Mannheim and Yisel Perez Alba from the USA will both be going on maternity leave this spring and, as such, as of mid March will be successively handing over ongoing projects to the Senior Project Manager Svetlana Karsten. Ms Karsten has been with flexword since 2010 (no doubt she is known to many of our customers as Svetlana Proskura) and rejoined the company in October 2017 at the end of her parental leave. My colleague Ivana Šljivar, who herself has just returned from parental leave, will be responsible for PR & Communications as of mid April. Maybe you have already read some of her posts on our website’s blog.
All this means we are able to guarantee the smooth running of projects at all times. Or in other words, it will be business as usual.
flexword would like to wish its employees all the best in their new roles as parents and looks forward to welcoming the new babies and to the speedy return of the content parents to the company.