Get to Know the People Science Team: Bryan Dobkin
Title: Senior People Science Consultant
Residence: Des Plaines, near Chicago, Illinois
Home town: Arlington Heights, Illinois
Not everyone is willing to admit feelings of fear on the job, but Senior People Science Consultant Bryan Dobkin is upfront about a time he faced intense trepidation.
“When I first stepped into a manager role at a prior organization, I was scared beyond belief,” he says. “I didn’t know what I was doing and had very little faith that I would be good at it.”
Fortunately, someone else believed in him and gave him the nudge he needed, resulting in one of his favorite learning moments. “Sometimes, when an opportunity presents itself, you just need to jump in and figure it out from there,” he says. “You may end up actually being pretty good at it.”
Learn more about Bryan’s work and life:
What’s your specialty on the People Science Team? I sit on the consulting side of our People Science team, which means I get to spend much of my time working directly with Glint customers to help them develop their People Success strategies, design survey and feedback programs, understand results and take focused action. My favorite part of this role is developing relationships with our customers and helping them build their internal capabilities over time.
What got you interested in People Science? I came out of graduate school during the 2008 recession and went to work for a large corporation where much of my time was spent laying people off and closing down plants and facilities. It was quite a soul-sucking experience and after only a couple years, I decided I needed to make a change. After a brief stint living abroad, I knew that I still wanted to leverage my HR education and experience, but in a more productive and positive way. I discovered the world of employee engagement and found my calling. I love getting to work in a space that helps to provide people with a voice and improve their professional lives.
How did you get to Glint? Glint’s best-in-class technology platform paired with innovative thinking around measurement strategies and action-taking was very attractive to me. Funny enough, I had also had my eye on LinkedIn as a potential employer. I had heard such great things about the company culture and felt it was a place where I would feel comfortable. When it was announced that LinkedIn would be acquiring Glint, I knew I had to try and make a move. Thankfully I had someone in my corner that helped me get my foot in the door. Never underestimate the power of your professional network!
What’s your motivation for doing what you do? Nothing makes me happier than reading employee comments about how thankful they are that their company has taken the time to ask for feedback and is involving them in the action-taking process in a collaborative way. When I see that kind of response, I know I am a part of something truly special.
Any career goals you’re working toward? Right now in life I am knee deep in diapers and toddler tantrums, so my primary focus is my family. It has taken some time, but I’ve realized that sometimes it is OK to just focus on being great in your current role without always worrying about what the next step is. That’s where I’m at right now—happy in my current role and excited about the future.
What’s your top tip? Get comfortable being uncomfortable. To quote the great Alan Watts, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
What was your first job? Aside from mowing lawns, raking leaves and babysitting, my first real job was at Dairy Queen when I was 14. Endless cookie dough bites and chocolate dipped soft-serve ice-cream cones. What a great summer!
How many cups of coffee do you drink per day? I have an infant and a toddler at home, so the short answer is TOO MANY!
What do you like to do outside of work? I am an avid snowboarder, but living in Chicago, far away from any mountains, makes this difficult. I’ve been trying to convince my wife to move out to Colorado for several years (we actually met on a snowboarding trip). I think if the right PR/comms job opportunity surfaced for her, we would be packing our bags. I also love going to see live music, and I’m looking forward to getting back to that scene.