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TGMstories: Introducing Kamila - TGM's Survey Programming Manager

Introducing Kamila:
TGM's Survey Programming Manager

Hi, my name is Kamila, I’m from Poland. I live in Warsaw. I graduated in computer science as a programmer. For over a decade, my professional life has been associated with market research companies. I joined TGM Research in April 2022.

My journey with TGM began a year and a half ago. That's when I started working as a survey programmer. Initially, I was the only scripter at TGM. As our company grew, we hired additional survey programmers. I was promoted to manage the team, which now consists of three people.

Additionally, I collaborate with a team of software developers. TGM has its own software for survey management and also simple survey designer. I provide ideas for new features and test implemented solutions.

Mastering Remote Team Coordination: Insights from Kamila

The scripting team is working 100% remotely. To ensure everyone stays informed and connected we organize scheduled team meetings once a week. We discuss current projects and future tasks but also analyze potential problems with more complex surveys.

I remember one project that took almost two months to prepare. The survey was very complex and very long. We had to collaborate across all our teams (Sales/PM/SP/DP) to figure out how this project should be done. There were lots of changes, different ideas, meetings with clients, a bit of stress… But the survey has been finally scripted and is currently in fieldwork. Hopefully, the client will be satisfied with the results and all our hard work.

Not only is work discussed, but we also share some details from our private lives. I think it’s very important to get to know each other, to learn what each of us likes to do after work, etc. We are from different parts of the world, so understanding each other's cultural norms is vital for effective communication. It’s also great to hear stories from the other side of the world (Laugh).

TGMstories: Mastering Remote Team Coordination - Insights from Kamila
TGMstories: Nurturing Balance - Work-Life Harmony and Its Impact on Professional Success

Nurturing Balance:
Work-Life Harmony and Its Impact on Professional Success

I've found that working remotely has given me more control over my work-life balance. I can easily plan each day, depending on how many tasks I have at work or if there is anything urgent to take care of at home. I believe that working with great people can really help in high-stress periods. Helping and supporting each other are main factors for maintaining healthy work-life balance. Sometimes even a small chat with your colleague may help you look at your project from a different angle. You should also not be afraid to delegate tasks and ask for support. That’s what teams are for.

At home I’ve created a very nice working corner. During the summer I work on my balcony, it has a view of my little garden. For me it’s very important to sit comfortably in a bright and clean space, surrounded with plants, flowers etc. It puts me in a good mood for work. Sometimes I forget that I am at work, as I enjoy it that much.

No matter how busy my workday is or how many chores I have at home, I always try to find a moment for myself. I read a book, watch an episode of a TV series, or go for a walk with my dog. It's very important to disconnect from all responsibilities and clear my head. It helps me reduce stress and increase my productivity.

During the weekends I love to travel outside Warsaw. City life is not for me. I love walks in the forest and contact with nature. Traveling is my passion. I always say that I work just to save money for my next trip. When you work remotely, you can do your job from wherever you want, as long as you have a good internet connection.

I also have a quite old-fashioned hobby: during wintertime I knit and crochet. Keeping my hands busy helps me release all the stress from my head.

I believe that engaging in hobbies or spending time with family/friends can provide fresh perspectives and ideas that can later be applied to professional tasks. Prioritizing personal time can have a significant impact on mental health. It provides an opportunity to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and maintain a positive outlook, which can all contribute to better job performance and satisfaction.

TGMstories: Cultivating Excellence - Remote Work, Global Collaboration, and Company Camaraderie

Cultivating Excellence:
Remote Work, Global Collaboration, and Company Camaraderie

I really enjoy working remotely. I don’t think I would like to go back to the office any time soon. At TGM, I can focus on my tasks without wasting time commuting to/from work. For me it's important that employees are evaluated based on their accomplishments rather than the hours spent in the office. Everyone is allowed to have their own working routine. This flexibility allows employees to better manage their personal and professional commitments.

Working with colleagues from different backgrounds, cultures, and regions brings a variety of perspectives to the table. This diversity of thought can lead to more creative problem-solving and a broader range of solutions to challenges. For me collaboration with colleagues worldwide is a great opportunity to improve my communication skills. I was always afraid of speaking in English, I was sure that I wouldn't be able to convey my knowledge, express my opinion in a foreign language. But now, as I have no choice and I need to speak English every day, I think I’m doing quite ok. I have gained more self-confidence and belief in my abilities.

I think that the greatest memories come from our un-remote reunion that took place in Vietnam in 2022. Meeting all the people (that I only knew from the virtual world) in real life was very exciting and fun. I could share many interesting stories from that trip. But you know what they say: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas (Laugh)!

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