For nearly a year, our February SuperSealer has played a key role in keeping our organization skilled, engaged, and motivated. Although COVID-19 has been a challenge from day one, she discusses how the pandemic has had a lasting impact on the business world and how the organization is preparing for the future.
Who are you?
My name is Elisabeth Igeby and I’m the HR Director at Trelleborg Seals & Profiles. I make sure we have strong relations with management, employees, and unions.
How long have you worked in this position and what are your key duties?
I joined Trelleborg in May 2020, so I’ve been here nearly a year now. My role is to set the HR strategy and help improve the overall business performance wherever people play a key role. The most important thing I do is make sure we develop leaders, teams, and individuals so we can continue to build on our position as an engaged, skilled, and motivated organization.
What do you like about working here?
Working at Trelleborg offers the best of both worlds because I can be part of a global company with a decentralized structure where key decisions are made locally. I also love the open atmosphere and the opportunity to interact with colleagues from all around the world. That’s not something you can find everywhere.
What are the key challenges you face in your job?
For me, it’s been a challenge to join Trelleborg during Covid-19 and be unable to travel and meet new colleagues and get to know the organization as well as I’d like.
However, Covid has brought many other challenges as well. In particular, it’s tough to provide the right communication in the face of all the uncertainty, keep our team safe and comfortable, and maintain our engagement while working remotely.
How do you think the business in your area is going to evolve in the future? How are you preparing for this?
One thing Covid’s done is accelerate digitalization and make working remotely the new normal. This means leaders have to step up and manage remote teams more effectively; a new skill set for many.
Going forward, we need to invest in managerial skills and mindsets for leading in the future. As an employer, we must tailor and provide a clear employee experience so we can find, attract, and retain the right people.
What do you do in your free time?
Like most people, I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. I am married and have two children: a 20-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old son. I used to compete in horse jumping, but sadly I don’t have a horse of my own these days. This has given me a lot of time to try other sports, so I’ve been playing a lot of padle and exercising at the gym. When I’m not playing sports, I love traveling and exploring new places with my dog.