Welcome back to Beyond The Data! This month, we’re highlighting Sarah Schoolcraft, our PeopleOps Director. She is curious about everything, very open-minded, and goes out of her way to create a safe environment for all our phDers to feel comfortable.
Tell us where you’re from and a little about you.
I grew up in Vermont. I’ve been told that Vermont invented “quaint”. It’s a jungle of green, mountainous and doesn’t have any billboards! I’ve lived in Indiana, Washington, DC, Lithuania, and moved to Minnesota 13 years ago just to be with my brother and his family. I’m not sure why I keep moving to cold climates, but the Twin Cities eventually won me over! I hope to live internationally again some day and think about it every time I travel out of the country.
What does People Ops Director mean? What do you actually do in any given day?
Tell us about the People Ops team! What is it like working with them every day?
How long have you been with phData? What past experiences have prepared you for your job at phData?
We've had some major growth while you've been leading People Ops. What have you learned from scaling so quickly and what do you wish you knew sooner?
What’s your favorite memory of your time working at phData?
How do you like working from home? Do you have any WFH tips that have helped you during this challenging time?
As extroverted as I am, I have adjusted well to working from home. I’m incredibly productive from home, so that’s a benefit. Luckily my days are filled with meetings and I get to see my colleagues, but if my husband wasn’t here during the day and I was all alone, I might go crazy! He would definitely be bombarded with my need for conversation at the end of the day otherwise! He calls our home a co-working space now.
I’ve always been a really focused person when I’m working – a circus could be happening around me and I wouldn’t lose my concentration. So I’m lucky that’s the case. I did discover after about a month working from home that I really needed to build some mini-breaks into my day for a mental and physical break. This means making my decaf coffee mid-morning, standing up and stretching, taking 5 minutes to wash the dishes, etc. I am sitting all day and super focused, so I need to force myself to take these breaks when I can.