The “We Are DocuSign” blog series places the spotlight on employees from a variety of departments and provides a peek into what it’s like to work at DocuSign. This week, we sat down with Anna C., DocYouSign Brazil HR Leader, to chat about her day-to-day work and what she admires most about her colleagues.
Q: What do you do at DocuSign?
I have fun [laughs]. I’m the Human Resources leader for Brazil. Basically, my job here is to guarantee that we have the right person in the right place, including managers and directors. I work with managers to help make employees’ lives easier, help them perform better, and have much more fun doing their work. I guarantee that all the policies are implemented and assist with the deployment of new jobs. I also assist with DocuSign IMPACT here in Brazil.
Q: What is the best thing about working at DocuSign?
DocuSign believes in us. The company trusts our judgement. When we have a problem, we can solve it on our own. Even if the suggestion isn’t taken, it’s still well received. That makes us feel like we’re part of the business.
Q: How is your team different than other teams at DocuSign? Is there anything special about your team’s dynamic?
We do pretty much everything. In the U.S. we have a service center, with a bunch of other people doing their own things. Down here in Brazil, we’re responsible for a wider variety of tasks. The local teams tend to be generalists, while the corporate team tend to be specialists. We can rely on them when we need to, and they provide us an opportunity to develop our skills.
Q: What is the best advice you can give to somebody starting a new job in your department at DocuSign?
DocuSign has a pretty interesting way of seeing HR, and their perspective matches with my own beliefs. HR is here for a reason, and we encourage people on the HR team to be curious. Be part of the business. Relate to your business unit clients and managers. Hang out with them. You need to know what is going on in the company — that’s what makes our existence important. We need to add value to the business because if we don’t do that we’re just doing work.
Q: What traits do you most admire in your colleagues at DocuSign?
I’d admire my colleagues flexibility, willingness to pitch in and breadth of skills. If sales needs help, HR team members might pitch in. We really are one big team.
Q: What traits do you think your DocuSign colleagues most admire in you?
My colleagues know that when they come to me they will hear an honest opinion that is based upon the best interests of the company. If I give honest advice, the person will change, will learn, and will improve. If I told them what they want to hear, they might not grow, which is ultimately not good for the employee or the customers.
Q: What is something most of your colleagues at DocuSign don’t know about you?
I was a professional soccer player for the Sao Paulo team before college. My father encouraged me to play, and I just loved it. I’m not a sports fan at all — I don’t even watch soccer on the T.V. But it was so exciting to play.
Q: What is your favourite snack from the DocuSign kitchen?
I’m a Coca-Cola fan. I drink it all the time even though it’s not very healthy.
Q: Where is your favourite place to work or have a meeting at DocuSign and why?
We have a meeting room called the Brazil Meeting Room. It’s a very beautiful meeting room with windows and lots of beautiful, transparent pictures on the windows.
Q: If you were not working at DocuSign and could do anything in the world, what would you be doing/do next?
I would be a surfer. I love the beach. I have a house on the beach very near Sao Paulo. It’s a natural, amazing place.
Q: What is the secret for you to happiness?
We have popular phrase down here in Brazil. “Do you prefer to be happy or to be right?” At the end of the day, sometimes you’re right, and you’re not happy at all. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong. It’s more important that people compromise with one another in a way that allows everyone to win — no matter the situation.