Get to Know the People Science Team: Christina Rasieleski
Title: Senior People Science Consultant
Residence: Rhode Island
Home town: Santa Clara, Calif.
Sticky notes might be the most innovative office product of all time, serving as reminders, collaboration tools, and the inspiration for the prize-winning Post-it App.
But talk with Glint Senior Consultant Christina Rasieleski and you’ll discover that the super-useful adhesive squares can also serve as a touchstone for life’s guiding principles.
Ten years ago, a coach suggested she identify her top three values, write them on a sticky note, and keep it on her computer monitor. Today, this simple note keeps her ideals front and center to guide her priorities. “Family” is one of my values,” Christina says. “In a time when people are constantly overwhelmed and pulled in many directions, it’s grounding to have three values to base my decisions on.”
Learn more about Christina’s work and life:
What’s your specialty on the People Science Team? As part of the thought leadership team, I focus on creating resources to make People Success a reality. As a former HR practitioner, I put myself in the clients’ shoes and consider what I would have needed to make a change or implement a new approach.
What got you interested in People Science? In college I read the Fast Company article, Why We Hate HR and thought “We can definitely do better than that!” I immediately went on to get a master’s degree focused on people and continued my career with the goal of making work more human.
How did you get to Glint? I was working at an HR consultancy focused on employee experience and had the chance to interact with the People Science team as part of my analysis of the vendor space. Hearing the team talk about People Success and helping people be happier and more successful at work made my heart happy. It was everything I had been advising on for several years. I had to be part of this team!
What’s your motivation for doing what you do? We all have at least one friend or family member who had a horrible work experience. I want to be able to make those happen less and less. My children have grown up listening to me advise organizations on how to treat people like they matter. My hope is they’ll enter the workplace and be treated like they do.
Any career goals you’re working toward? Whatever I do, I want to keep learning. And I want to leave a positive impact on each organization I engage with.
What’s your top tip? I just had a client explain this best a few weeks ago. There are many reasons why we might survey employees. If our goal is to make the workplace better, then we have to ask questions that allow employees to give truly useful feedback, rather than tell us what we want to hear. For example, it’s good to ask employees, “How are you doing?” rather than “How is the organization doing at providing for your well-being?” The second question is focused on how the HR function is doing. The first question is based on empathy and reveals the more important truth.
What was your first job? I was a sandwich maker at the original Togo’s in Santa Clara, Calif.
How many cups of coffee do you drink per day? One cup in the morning and I rarely finish it. I then switch to Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Tea and drink way too much of that. It is so delicious!
What do you like to do outside of work? I’m a Peloton addict! I couldn’t have gotten through this pandemic without Cody Rigsby and the #boocrew.