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STADA Insights - SAP Consultant Iva

 

Please introduce yourself and your role

I am working as SAP Consultant at STADA IT Solutions in Belgrade in Serbia. As part of the Global HR IT team, I am responsible for IT support worldwide and work with our employees all over the globe. Currently I am supporting the data migration of “HERO” - a joint global project of IT and HR - and thereby set the basis for its success. In addition, I am proud to be a Brand Ambassador of STADA’s Serbian affiliate Hemofarm in 2020.

 

What excites you about working on a global project?

The most exciting experience about working on a global project is definitely the opportunity to collaborate and grow with so many people from different countries, cultures and functional areas. I am thankful to be part of our global team, listening to all kind of ideas and sharing knowledge with my colleagues from different parts of the world and the company.

HERO will create one single HR IT system for all of the more than 11.000 STADA employees in 41 countries. It enables creating many different HR documents right on time, with so much less paperwork and will save many trees after the work is completed. Being part of the Data Migration stream, I am the contact person to the representatives of all of our countries. It truly is great to work with them, because each day they advance more and more and I am proud of being part of their success. Sometimes I feel like a teacher going through so many country files, correcting mistakes and giving advice which data needs to be corrected. However, in the end, more working hours invested at this stage of the project will mean better results.

The most valuable thing is that I do not feel all the heat and pressure of deadlines while doing my work. My opinion and ideas are always appreciated. Not knowing something or making mistakes is never an issue in the global team, they are all very understanding and supportive, enabling every team member to learn and grow within the project.

 

What was surprising for you about working from home during the global COVID-19 pandemic?

The change from office to home office worked out very well at STADA. With the provided equipment, it is possible to work from home as if you were in the office. Especially using MS Teams facilitated the daily exchange with colleagues worldwide. Thus, the global HERO project progressed as planned despite COVID-19 and we were working successfully as a remote team.

In addition, there are many advantages of working from home, such as the free allocation of my time. I can definitely get away with staying in my pajamas, just waking up and opening my laptop. Although, it is not something I would recommend if you have an 8 a.m. meeting. But jokes aside, I really experienced the positive sides of working from home, such as more sleeping hours, more time for breakfast with my roommate and the possibility of attending every meeting without needing to physically get somewhere.

What are your tips for working from home?

Home office is a place that should inspire the flow of creativity and allow us to get down to business. However, that is often not the case. My main tip therefore is to keep a clean, nicely decorated work area, which will motivate you to stay focused longer. Having your food delivered is also a huge help, but make sure you do not go for junk food too often. If the food is healthy, then you are both satisfied and guilt-free, and therefore ready to get down to work. It is important to stay active, even though you do not have to leave the house. The global corporate health challenge of STADA is a great initiative to foster activity and team spirit. Last but not least, value coffee breaks and quick, non-work related calls to colleagues – both are a big energy boost.

Despite all, right now, I am looking forward to interact face to face, especially to team spirit, group lunches, coffee and cookie breaks.