Meet the team: Ires

Our Human Resources and Legal department are run by Ires Smits. Find out how she balances a busy schedule and how she handles HR and legal challenges.

In this interview, our HR & Legal Manager talks about her work experience at Holland2Stay.

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#1 What do you do as a HR & Legal Manager?

Although it might seem like an odd combination, these two overlap each other. As an HR manager, I ensure the well-being of my colleagues and I am involved with matters related to the labor law. As a legal manager, I am the advisory body of the organization, regarding rent and real estate law. Other than that, I support the managing board and stay up to date with laws and regulations that change constantly; it is very dynamic!

#2 What does a normal workday look like for you?

I don’t really have a standard workday. My days are always different because situations can arise at any time. My days mostly start with checking my email to get a clear picture of what’s to come and balancing that with tasks I still have to do. Besides, I have some long-term projects that I humbly try to squeeze in as much as possible. As my to-do list changes during the day, this position taught me how to prioritize my tasks better.

#3 What do you like most about your job?

The energetic vibe within the company, the fact that no working day is the same, and the space I get to be myself. We are part of a young company that is still in development and the management is very open to our input. Before Holland2Stay, I worked at a bank for more than two years. It was very well organized, but what I noticed is that these types of companies give very little room for personal input.

To me, it is incredibly important that I am in a place where I can be myself and where there is room to improve myself. Now I work at a place with a no-nonsense culture where everyone can say what they want and where everyone is approachable for anything. Because of this, I feel much more at peace.

#4 What is the weirdest food combination you ever ate?

I use applesauce for everything. Nothing is too weird for me. I use it on pizza, meatballs, satay sauce. I put applesauce on everything.

This article is part of our series #WorkingatH2S. Do you want to read more interviews with our colleagues? Check out our articles in the Blog.

Dennis

written by Dennis

I’m an easy going and goofy person that loves to dance. I love getting inspired by others’ craft like cooking and designing and I constantly end up trying new things.