Welcome to Fluid Truck’s Employee Spotlight blog! We love highlighting our awesome employees and introducing you to the great people behind Fluid Truck.
At Fluid Truck, our product is people. We bring in smart, talented people with a lot of ambition and give them the opportunity to grow and expand their skill sets rapidly. Our end goal is to equip every person who joins our team with the skills they need to one day grow beyond us and create incredible things on their own. Interviews are edited for clarity.
This month’s Employee Spotlight centers on Joanne L, Fluid Truck’s Learning & Development Manager. As L&D Manager, Joanne is the member of the HR team who is responsible for ensuring that every department at Fluid Truck is set up for success with a base of knowledge.
From Operations Managers who oversee fleet activity all over the country, to Customer Service leaders who manage our 24/7 help team, Joanne makes sure that truckers have the skills and knowledge necessary to do their jobs well.
Keep reading to learn how Joanne’s expertise in learning and development is driving success at Fluid Truck.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
In my job, I get to meet a lot of people from different departments I don’t typically work with day-to-day. Getting to work with a lot of people from BA and across the US, and getting to know them better, that's always the most fun part.
When you aren’t working, what are you usually doing?
I'm usually binge watching shows with my husband. I'm a total couch potato and have a grandma sleeping schedule. Lately I've been into the Beckham documentary on Netflix. Then we found the Neymar doc from last year, so we're kind of on a soccer streak!
And cooking! I love cooking too. My favorite thing to cook is pasta. My husband is from Romania, so I love to get his mom’s recipes and replicate them too, although it’s difficult to get the right ingredients here.
Do you have any secret talents?
No… But I like to sing and dance! Karaoke is my thing! It’s my whole family’s thing, after a few cocktails.
Do you have a favorite quote from a movie?
Edna Mode from The Incredibles: “I never look back, darling, it distracts from the now.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Don't be afraid to ask for help. I was very shy to ask questions at first, because I didn't want to feel incompetent. But have the courage to step up and say, "Hey I need help. I want to work with you so I can get better."
If you could have a Fluid Truck full of one thing, what would it be?
Burritos! I’ve been really into burritos lately.
What motivates you at work?
Being able to make things easier for others. Talking to diff departments, learning about their learning styles, work styles, and communication styles, it's interesting to see how you can tailor the learning experience. Seeing how the work I do can help others be successful, see their workload become easier, and grow and become managers is really rewarding.
If you had a TED Talk, what would it be about?
A personality test that I think is super accurate and always ask people to do, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test.
I think I first took this test in college and it came back around as a thing, so I recently took it and I feel it’s super accurate and tells you a lot about who you are, how your mind works, your working style, communication style, etc.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
This high-end sushi restaurant in Boulder, CO, where I went to college. It’s not there anymore. It was terrible –– it was one of my first jobs, and they literally had me carry 20 glasses of water on a huge tray that probably weighed more than I do, and I had to carry it all with one hand. I lasted about two weeks.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I’ve recently been getting really into making cocktails! My family loves drinking.
What would you tell someone who wants to come work at Fluid Truck?
I tell all the new hires that my favorite part about working at Fluid Truck is that you get to learn so much about general business development. For me, it's free education. And you get paid! And that's why I love working for a startup. Being able to see things that are normally outside my work scope is really interesting, and that opens a lot of opportunities in terms of career and personal development
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