There’s a lot more to human resources than just recruitment
Insights talked to Katarzyna ‘Kasia’ Balcerak, Human Resources Specialist, about what her job involves on a daily basis, about what she does outside work and about how she’s finding life at MakoLab.
One thing that’s clear is that what matters to programmers is the concrete. They want to know exactly what they’ll be doing and what they can count on. They’re eager to ask questions about technical issues, the team, the projects and the client.
On the other hand, there’s no raison d'être at all here for stereotypes. The idea that ‘a programmer’s communication skills begin and end with their ability to write their name in code’ is totally untrue. To a great extent, programmers are people who stand face to face with the client and the users’ needs. They’re people with technological know-how, but they’re also distinctive for their logical approach and their skill at thinking outside the box. They are capable of working in a team and they’re communicative. And we’re certainly looking for people like that for MakoLab.
I also enjoy photography. And shooting videos… and I’ve been known to have a go at editing them. Earlier on, I was involved in charity activities, coordinating the work of a foundation. I made the dreams of its charges come true by organising charitable concerts, stand-up shows and much, much more. After five years, though, I wanted to focus on my own life. I’m more of a home bird nowadays and I limit my hobbies mainly to horse riding, which I’ve been doing since I was eight. I prize horses. There’s a lot you can learn from them. Apart from that, I go running and cycling and I’m learning to swim. And, much to my amazement, this year I ran a half marathon!