HR In The Hot Seat

Tue, 11 Feb 2014
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HR in the Hot Seat – 5 mins with Sarah De Rosa, Interim HR Manager at Wieden + Kennedy


What do you love most about your job?

The diversity of my role, I never know what the day will throw at me when I walk through the door! Working with incredibly talented and creative people and laughing every day!

What are the three things you couldn’t do your job without?

A great HR Assistant, a sense of humour and the ability to be adaptable to every situation, no matter how weird it is.

What do you think makes a good HR Professional?

Being able to communicate with people at all levels.  Compassion, a good working knowledge of employment law and the ability to apply it to your environment.

Who has been your greatest influence?

Martina King was the MD at Yahoo UK & Ireland which was my first ever HR role, she was incredibly successful and always very busy, but had time for everyone. She showed compassion and was open and honest. All the things I hope I am.

What are your tips for success?

Always be yourself, chose the right working environment that suits your personality. I could never work in a corporate environment as it would kill my spirit!  Don’t take the first role you are offered when you are looking for a job, unless it is the right match for you.

What do you do after a stressful day?

I have just started going to a Jane Fonda inspired workout class.  It is fun whilst being good exercise at the same time.  Also a nice glass of cold white wine always helps wash away a stressful day.