17 NOV
A DAY WITH OUR HEAD OF HR
JENNY BAERVELDT
Digital Insider
17 NOV
A DAY WITH OUR HEAD OF HR
JENNY BAERVELDT
Digital Insider

In our new series “A Day with…” we follow different team members of CLIQ around for a day, to get to know them personally and their daily working tasks better.

First up is Jenny Baerveldt, our Head of Human Resources, who has been with CLIQ for more than ten years. Jenny leads the Human Resource department at all CLIQ’s offices in London, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, and Düsseldorf. As one of the female leaders in the company and someone who oversees processes ranging from recruiting new fitting candidates to maintaining CLIQ’S company culture, we thought it was time to follow Jenny around for a day to see what she gets up to. Let’s go!

THE MORNINGS
Early mornings at the office are my favourite time of the workday. I always cycle to work around 09.00 AM. Our CLIQ Amsterdam office is located in the buzzing and popular neighbourhood of Oude Pijp and is part of The Collection, which offers different workspace buildings across the centre of Amsterdam. I really value and appreciate the sense of community that these buildings foster.
Cycling to work warms up my body and mind, but coffee always does wonders as well (laughs). So, once at the office, I like to get a coffee in the lobby. I love a double espresso or cappuccino with oat milk. In the afternoon I sometimes treat myself to a Macha latte.
Most of my mornings are used for emails, meetings, and calls. We have team catch-ups and meetings as often as possible and preferably also face-to-face. I have various meetings throughout the week. On Monday morning we start the week with a group HR team meeting. We use this meeting to catch up and agree on topics and deliverables for the week to come. The rest of the week I have other meetings that are focused on particular topics such as recruitment, HR operations and projects.
LUNCHTIME
All CLIQ employees usually have lunch in our cafeteria, looking out onto the rooftops of Amsterdam –the view is just amazing. On our fixed office days, we offer a healthy lunch with a salad bar, bread, various spreads and more. It’s a great moment to take a breath, catch up with other people and refresh. The design and layout make it feel like an outside cafeteria and not a corporate canteen, which adds to the fun. For me it is great that I don’t have to think about what I want to have for lunch; I just go upstairs and enjoy everything on offer.
THE AFTERNOONS
I have various meetings throughout the week, and I try to keep my calendar in the afternoons a bit more open. I like to work on different projects in the afternoon, such as our company culture projects. Having our values clearly marked on the wall reminds us and other Cliqers what we stand for. By not booking my calendar completely full, I have time for spontaneous catch-up meetings, and finish some items on my to-do list. This allows me to keep focus.
AT THE END OF THE WORKDAY
When I leave the office, I usually try to recap my day and make notes for the days to come, so I can (more or less) leave with a clear mind. I, of course, say goodbye to the colleagues on my floor, check in with my team to see if everything is okay, and wish them a good evening. I usually take the stairs to the basement to collect my bike and cycle home while listening to music; a great way to refresh. CLIQ provides me with a great workplace where I still learn every day, take on exciting projects and spend time with many talented people from many different backgrounds. And finally, as long as my work and colleagues make me laugh, I am happy!
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