Working in HR

Christina’s been looking after Workable’s onboarding, offboarding, and everything in between,
since August 2016. Athens-based, she works closely with her Boston team too.

Workable is...
Challenging, exciting, and fun.
- Christina Gialleli

Where were you born?

Athens, Greece.

Describe yourself in three words:

Impatient, excitable, empathetic.

Do you have a nickname?

Not really, although my very close friends call me Mouse because of...ehm…my ears :)

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A psychologist, until I realized I don’t have the level of detachment required and it would consume my life.

What was your first job?

I was 21 and doing advertising sales for a big newspaper in Greece. It was an unpleasant environment to work in and a difficult year. I learned a lot though from the experience. Working somewhere where you feel valued, supported and looked after is so important. This is why I love Workable so much.

What do you do for fun - outside of work?

I do ballet, I love cooking for my friends and family, and I go on long walks by the beach with my dog. And, of course, I enjoy the occasional binge-watching of a show.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I went on a short trip to Scotland once, and ended up living there for over a year.

Describe your most memorable event:

Not sure if it’s my most memorable event, but I was looking forward to turning 18 and learning to drive. When I finally did, I felt a very exaggerated sense of achievement and independence.

What do you feel strongly about?

I have a very strong internal “justice” compass. Also animal welfare.

What or who makes you smile?

Tricky. I laugh a lot so I don’t think I can narrow it down for you :)

What’s your favorite food?

That’s a tricky one. Chocolate (not technically food but I could survive on it) and Asian cuisine in general.

If you had a catchphrase what would it be?

“Are we there yet?”

What do you do at Workable?

I deal with all things HR; from onboarding to offboarding.

My interview with Nikos (our CEO), was a catalyst for me for deciding to take the job. He has a genuine concern not only about building a successful product, but a good company for people to work in. He’s got the remarkable ability to pass on his vision, casually in a conversation.

Describe your team:

There are four of us now; two HR Managers and two Recruiting Managers. Melissa and Elizabeth are in the US, and Eftychia and I are in Greece. Elizabeth and Eftychia bring in fantastic new colleagues, and Melissa and I look after them, develop them and keep them happy.

When did you join Workable?

August 2016.

Describe your first day:

Everyone was so overwhelmingly nice, I felt like I was visiting someone’s home during a birthday party!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

That I can make a difference. I was not brought in to just check boxes and follow a set of corporate procedures. I can actually have an impact and help people.

What’s on your desk?

Laptop, water bottle, pens, a notebook, and a Christmas card from our Boston office. On the card there’s a picture of the whole Workable team in front of the temple of Poseidon, taken at our 2016 Summit.

Who in the company has had the most influence on you and why?

My interview with Nikos (our CEO), was definitely a catalyst for me for deciding to take the job. He has a genuine concern not only about building a successful product, but a good company for people to work in. He’s got the remarkable ability to pass on his big picture, his vision, casually in a conversation. He definitely has the quirks of a visionary as well, haha! After joining, I have to say that Lacey has been my role model. She runs Finance, HR, and Legal, has so much knowledge and experience and yet she is the most calm and down to earth person I have ever met. She can brainstorm a solution for a complex matter within minutes, and then laugh a genuinely carefree laugh that makes you feel everything will be ok!

The best thing about Workable?

Being surrounded by people I admire and want to learn from. It feels like home.

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