This series highlights amazing employees who exemplify the 'Collabie' way. Each month, a new hire who hit the ground running or a tenured high-performing employee will be featured to share about their experience working for Collaborative Solutions. From career paths to culture, get the inside scoop directly from those who bring the talent and fun every day, making us an award-winning workplace!
April Spotlight: Kye Farrow
Title: CVS Consultant
Location: Reston, Virginia
Been with Collaborative for: 1.5 Years
Why did you choose Collaborative?Collaborative offered everything I was looking for when searching for positions in grad school. I knew I wanted to work at the intersection of people and technology and Collaborative provided a well-structured and heavily supported program that not only taught me how to be a successful Workday consultant but gave me the confidence to successfully navigate and take control of my own career progression from day one. In addition to assuring, that I would receive the best of the best training to be successful in my role, I also chose Collaborative because of the incredible culture. Collaborative puts people first, and the employees here put each other first. I have felt nothing but support from the moment I had my first interaction with someone who works here and I can’t imagine a more perfect place for me to have started my career.
What does your day-to-day look like in your role?As a CVS Consultant, my day honestly never looks the same. I typically am working on several large and small projects at once while also supporting various internal initiatives. If I were to describe an ideal or typical day, it would start with reviewing my inbox for anything that may have come through after hours. After following up with everyone, I would then take a broad look at all my projects and prioritize how I want to work on them throughout the day. This of course would be planned around regularly scheduled meetings, client calls, demos, and presentations. In between these times, I am constantly checking Workday Community and our Teams group chats to see if there are questions I can help answer or checking our project board and ticketing system for additional work to add to my schedule.
What do you love about your job?
Where do I start? There is honestly so much I love about Collaborative and my role so I will address both. I love Collaborative because the Executive Leadership Team walks the walk when it comes to fostering a culture that values work-life balance and self-care. This is evident at all levels of the organization and I believe it has to do with the fact that Collaborative has intentional policies in place that encourage employees to seek balance. Some of my favorite benefits that support work-life balance and self-care are our unlimited PTO which we are always encouraged to use from management, balance days, flex scheduling, and volunteer time off. There is so much more I love about Collaborative but I figured this would be a great place to start!I love being a Workday Consultant and working in post-production in particular because of the variety of projects and clients I get to work with. I feel that the work I do is truly meaningful and love the feeling I get when I am able to successfully solve complex challenges for my clients.
What does it take to be successful in your role?To be a successful CVS Consultant, you must really go the extra mile to understand how Workday ties into the overall needs of a client’s business. Sometimes it is difficult to see the bigger picture when working with CVS clients because we typically are looking to address a particular problem or situation. Understanding clients’ overall goals and how Workday fits into their business will make understanding the bigger picture much easier. Critical thinking and creativity are also a must as you will surely have clients that have unique and complex needs that may differ from how the system was intended to be used or best practice. Being flexible and maintaining the highest standards of customer service will certainly ensure success in this role.
How does Collaborative help you grow as a person and in your career?I am all about personal and career development. Having opportunities to grow personally and professionally were top priorities of mine when looking for my first job. Collaborative has supported this growth by providing endless professional development opportunities through Workday and LinkedIn Learning. I have had the opportunity to pursue and receive 3 certifications since I’ve been here and have access to new learning opportunities every day. As mentioned before, the people here are truly incredible. My co-workers are incredibly supportive and generous with their time. I have been able to grow immensely professionally and personally due to the support of my colleagues and am always looking for ways I can pay it forward so that others have just as great of an experience as me.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?I can’t think of anything that would make me happier than eating what I want, when I want, without any negative consequences to my overall health. Being able to teleport to different places would be pretty cool too.
What’s your favorite TV show at the moment?
This is such a tough question for me because I have the worst time committing to TV shows. If I had to choose one, it would probably be Ozark. If the NFL or NBA are considered “TV Shows” then they take the cake.
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