Get to Know the People Science Team: Dina Zukic
Title: Senior People Science Consultant
Residence: Brooklyn, New York
Home town: Worcester, Massachusetts
“I’m the most impatient person I know,” admits Senior People Science Consultant Dina Zukic.
Fortunately, working in a field focused on psychology and behavior has helped Dina conquer that personal demon.
“Collaborating with different personalities and work styles has had a huge impact on my work and taught me to value and appreciate other ways of doing things beyond my own,” she says.
In fact, figuring out how to relax and appreciate other perspectives counts as one of her most important learning experiences. And slowing down shows up in her favorite advice, too . . .
Top tip: “Take full advantage of your time-off days, and really check out during that time. No one is so important that a company can’t survive without them for a week or two. Set the tone for how others treat you by the way you behave and the boundaries you put in place.”
Learn more about Dina’s work and life:
What’s your specialty on the People Science Team? I remember during my interview being asked why Glint would benefit from hiring me. My answer was that having worked in talent and human resources, I could bring a lot of customer perspective to the table.
After two years with Glint, I’ve really seen that customer connection pay off. It not only helps customers give me their trust because I’ve been in their shoes, but it also has helped me feel more confident in my role.
What got you interested in People Science? When I was in college, I became interested in the integration of psychology and human behavior (my first love) with the business world and the work environment. I enjoy combining abstract, unquantifiable factors with data and clear-cut answers.
Until I started working in People Science, I was never successfully able to combine those two sides of myself. Now I work on a team where everyone shares those passions. It’s really incredible.
How did you get to Glint? When I worked in learning and organizational development and ran my company’s employee engagement program, I saw a Glint demo and was immediately ready to switch from our existing vendor over to Glint.
From there on, I always kept my sights on Glint. Once Glint had a presence in New York, I connected with a recruiter and demanded they hire me. Just kidding—I didn’t demand it, but I was pretty persistent and maybe a little annoying. And now here I am!
What’s your motivation for doing what you do? My role is a perfect mix of my introvert and extrovert sides. I get to immerse myself in data and come up with stories based on it. Then I get to tell those stories to other people and work with them to make their organizations better. What’s not to love?
Any career goals you’re working toward? My goal is to feel challenged doing work that is interesting and aligned with my values. Also, if I can be my authentic self, learn new things, and have a good work-life balance, I’m going to be happy.
What was your first job? Babysitting after school, followed by a long stint as cashier at Rite Aid.
How many cups of coffee do you drink per day? One in the morning. Afternoon coffee gives me a headache.
What do you like to do outside of work? Read, work on puzzles, travel, go to the beach, try new restaurants with my partner Erik, hang with our cat Stevie, get massages, watch movies, and hang with friends.