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5 minutes with our new team member, Tatiana Gulko, MSc.

11 Apr 2016 - Blog, News

5 minutes with our new team member, Tatiana Gulko, MSc.

Tatiana Gulko, MSc

Tatiana has been with People Insight for a few months now, so we asked her what it’s been like to join the team…..

 

What is your background in Occupational Psychology and why do you enjoy it?

I started out working for an applied research centre at Leeds University, which focused on integrating the understanding of human behaviour with technical expertise, in order to create effective and long-lasting solutions for both businesses and individuals. I then went on to work for a health psychology research centre, followed by working in psychometrics. All of these experiences gave me exposure to a variety of different theories and concepts in psychology, as well as experience of working with people directly.

What I particularly like about Occupational Psychology is the focus on positive action. With every situation, you are looking to see what the most effective actions are. It is this action-oriented approach that I find really inspiring.

Why did you choose to join People Insight?

I absolutely love the variety here. I get to work with clients and learn about their needs as an account manager, as well as to come up with creative solutions as a psychologist. People Insight gives me the opportunity to have a real and lasting impact with large and small organisations alike, and to really make a difference to people’s lives.

What do you like about working here so far?

The team is absolutely brilliant. Everyone is really friendly and helpful, which makes it a pleasure to work here.

What have you done / learned so far?

I got to have client interaction right from the start, which I’ve really enjoyed. At People Insight, everyone is also really welcoming of your ideas, and I’ve already been able to implement some of my ideas into my own work. I’ve learnt that as a psychologist working in employee engagement, there is a lot of impact you can have on organisations, both at the individual, as well as at the organisational level.

What is it about employee engagement that you find interesting?

I once read a study, which found that a group of janitors in a hospital, despite having a really unpleasant job to do, had really high levels of engagement and job satisfaction. When the inquisitive researchers dug deeper, they found that it was because they saw purpose in their work and shaped their roles to create meaning for themselves. Ever since, I’ve been fascinated by the elements of people’s occupations that make them really engaged, fulfilled and motivated in their jobs. (Learn about job crafting here)

What do you enjoy when you are not at work?

I love the performing arts. I’ve tried lots of different forms of dance, and I’m always looking to try something new. I love how it makes you feel – whether you’re watching it, or the one taking part!

What’s the motto you like to live by?

In the words of Leo Tolstoy, “If you want to be happy, be”. It’s a good reminder that we can find fulfillment in anything we do.

 

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