We speak to Hannah, who leads our Human Resource department’s efforts in Vietnam across three offices. She shares with us about her journey up until joining AnyMind Group, and what it’s like working in human resources department.
Hello, My name is Tran Thi Minh Hoang or you can call me Hannah. I joined AnyMind Group on 20 March 2020 as Senior Manager of Human Resources, based out of Ho Chi Minh City office.
In fact, this was just one day before the long work from home period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means I’ve been with AnyMind Group for almost a full year now, but everything moves really fast. It feels as if I’ve been here for three years!
Before joining AnyMind Group, I had a decade of experience working as an HR professional in many tech startups where I helped to build up the HR department, processes and structure from scratch. I had (and still have) the opportunity to do my job with a high level of freedom and creativity, although under a very tight deadline and budget, but I still survived and loved what I was doing.
After a long time working for early-stage startups, I decided to look for and move to a larger-scale startup, where I could then practice what I’ve learnt from my previous work. That landed me at AnyMind Group, where I had interviews with Otohiko Kozutsumi (CCO & co-founder), Keizo Okawa (CFO), and Shiori Matsuyama (Regional Deputy Head, People). Through the interviews, I felt appreciated and impressed by their philosophy of developing people alongside developing the business.
I am very lucky to receive support from any stakeholder that I’ve worked with, especially with the heads of each department in Vietnam and even the regional heads. To receive such support, I always use the “understanding” strategy, in which I try to understand others’ point of views before giving advice based on my expertise and experience. The feeling of being listened to and respected is really wonderful.
Taking a positive approach to my work, I think that at the end of the day, there will always be a positive solution. I am trying to spread this positive thinking to everyone every day.
When it comes to managing challenges, my team members including the HR and administration teams in Vietnam face a lot of challenges when dealing with many sudden requests from our Vietnam team. In the beginning, they kept their problems to themselves and were visibly weighed down by the workload, but I encouraged them to be more open in sharing their troubles with their teammates and focus on solving problems by taking a level-headed approach. Things have gotten better when they become more mature and professional.
During my time free time, I spend most of it with my daughter. To be honest, coaching her can be even harder than leading a team of adults, but watching her grow up is the most rewarding thing for me.
I’d like to leave you with a quote: “Don’t limit your challenge, challenge your limit”, and you will be surprised with what you can achieve!
Hear more about her story and fun at our Vietnam offices through the video below!