Employee Spotlight: Sharon Diaz

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Sharon Diaz Manager
Human Resources

Meet Sharon Diaz, our Human Resources Manager, who pours her heart and soul into making Precursor staff happy. She recently celebrated her 10th year with Precursor last 01 August 2021. As we looked back to her early days at Precursor, we asked her how her career has grown since starting at the company: "A good answer will be by taking the proverbial corporate ladder. I was hired as a Front Desk Officer and later joined the HR Department. I learned the ropes and progressed to being a part of the Management Team, but I would like to think that my growth comes from all the things I have gone through and the support I got along the way. So by growing through what I go through, that is how my career has grown."

When asked about what her favourite thing about working at Precursor, she said;

"I love the people! As my mantra goes, it’s all about the People! And that is what I truly believe in; at Precursor, our best comes from our people. It is also true for any organization out there; no matter how great your product is or how advanced your technology is, the business will never get to somewhere great if you do not have the right people on the bus."

What do you think are your strongest traits?

Optimism and Humour. I always like a good laugh, even just by myself, hahaha! Although it's not easy to be always optimistic, I try to reframe my thoughts and find the good in everything. It's hard because, as humans, we are hard-wired to negativity bias, and that's why we have to work harder and shut those negative receptors down.

What do you like most about your job?

I like making people happy, and I get to do that in my job. Working with people can be the hardest, but it can also be the most rewarding. My sense of job satisfaction comes from knowing that people are happy, inspired, and motivated. A tall order that I constantly aspire to do.

What is the best career lesson you've learned so far?

You can’t please everybody.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

I like to spend time hanging out with family and friends, but with Covid, that has been difficult nowadays. But I have learned to enjoy my own company, read books, go out for walks, or doing solo karaoke - it’s really fun, and I have the mic all to myself.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren't doing this?

I would probably be a pre-school teacher because I love kids.

What is your usual source of inspiration when you tackle a difficult problem ahead?

Meditation works wonders, and journaling does help a lot in tackling problems, be it processing emotions or helping with decision making. Everything becomes clearer and more granular when you write it down.

What's a fun fact about you that many people may not know?

I almost became a band singer, hahaha! I tried to do it as a side hustle while having a full-time job and realised quickly that I could not do both, and neither can I choose singing as a career since. Well, for starters, I am not very good at it; I was just overly confident (a.k.a thick-skinned). And all because you know, bills and responsibilities. 

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why ?

I would love to meet Dr. Wayne Dyer, he is one of the most inspirational spiritual teachers of our time. I have read most of his books and, he has helped me a lot in my spiritual journey. I would be blessed to be able to meet him. 

Three words to best describe you.

Compassionate, Loyal, and Adaptive.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Superhero of Love; I will have a "love sabre", a magic wand or fairy dust of some sort to sprinkle love over anybody. So those who feel down, unloved, or even the mean people will be filled with love. There is no more hate, just love. What a wonderful world that is. 

What is something that you could have told your younger self if you had the chance?

I would tell myself that it's all good. All things happen, even the bad ones, as spiritual assignments for us to grow. Cliché as it may sound, everything happens for a reason. And so, I can learn to let go and not stress so much over things I can't control.

What is your personal philosophy? Or a motto in life or career that you follow close to your heart?

Choose love over fear.

Originally published 17 August 2021, 16:30:00

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