Title: Director, People Science

Residence: Bronxville, New York

Home country: North Wales

Matt Roddan’s trajectory from growing up in a small village in North Wales to adult life in big and loud New York City parallels his own journey of self-understanding: he’s naturally drawn to quiet thinking, but he also loves audacious ideas—and he isn’t afraid to take the occasional spotlight.

“Learning to not just accept but also embrace my introverted side at work has been really important for me,” says Matt, director of People Science at Glint. “That doesn’t mean I’m shy or reserved, but it means I need to manage my energy. For example, I really enjoy presenting and public speaking, but I balance it with down time so I can be at my best.”

Finding the right balance and rhythm helps Matt tackle serious strategic opportunities. He’s deeply involved in setting Glint’s People Science goals and building the operations to achieve them. 

Learn more about Matt’s work and life.

Work

What’s your specialty on the People Science Team? I think I have a good balance between the strategic and the tactical. I like taking complex ideas and making them real. In response to a big new idea, a colleague recently posed the question, “What needs to be true for us to make this happen?” And that’s the space I really enjoy playing in—removing barriers, creating structure where it’s needed, and figuring out what it will take to make our teams and our customers successful.

What got you interested in People Science? I was working in a market research agency in the United Kingdom in the early 2000s, and we won a project to run the employee engagement program for a major retailer. I was immediately hooked. The premise that our work could help hundreds of thousands of employees be happier in their jobs was really fulfilling.

How did you get to Glint? I’ve been working in this industry for almost 20 years, and frankly it has been ripe for disruption for a while. I started off being intrigued by what Glint was doing to help organizations think differently about People Success, and then got excited about the technology. 

But it was the Glint mission—to help people be happier and more successful at work—that made me truly think, “Wow, I need to work there.” And fortunately, there was a job posting listed on the Glint website that seemed perfect for me—it really did feel like fate.

What has been a big learning moment in your career? In the past, I worried that being a little quieter might hold me back, and that I needed to hold my own with more vocal teammates. But actually there is great strength in quietness, listening to the room, choosing the moments to make your voice heard and stand up for the decisions you feel passionate about.

Top tip: Big problems are best solved when you break them down into manageable parts. When things seem hard or too ambiguous, simplify. Get really clear on the single question you’re trying to answer. Write it down and keep checking back. If the discussion or ideas get off track, reduce the noise, remove anything that seems irrelevant, and refocus back on your goal.

Life

What was your first job? I worked in a fish-and-chips shop in my local town. The food was great. Coming home covered in grease every day was not.

How many cups of coffee do you drink per day? As a British expat, I’m a dedicated tea drinker—3 cups a day.

What do you like to do outside of work? I’m really missing travel during the global pandemic. But I’ve been embracing my love of cooking. I make a mean lamb roast!