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!
July Spotlight: Trae Yates
Title: Senior People Services Coordinator
Location: Reston, VA
Been with Collaborative for: 2 Years
Why did you choose Collaborative?I chose Collaborative because I could tell there was a family-like culture just from the “Careers” page. I truly enjoy working in a family-like culture and I certainly feel like I’m a part of a big Collabie family!
What does your day-to-day look like in your role?My days are pretty spontaneous, I typically have new projects or items on my to-do list every day which makes work fun and interesting. I also assist on many projects for the People Services and other departments which requires a lot of collaboration and teamwork.
What do you love about your job?I truly love the people of the company and my teammates. I think, especially after 2020, we are a well-bonded family and I love knowing I can depend on anyone on my team for advice, assistance, or a really good laugh.
What does it take to be successful in your role?I think in my role in particular it takes a lot of flexibility and creativity to succeed. There are many different projects that occur on my team and I like to be able to be a team player and assist where I can for those on my team. It also takes a lot of creativity in my role to think outside of the box on different matters and policies. I also assist in managing the Wellness Initiatives for the company which certainly takes an immense amount of both flexibility and creativity.
How does Collaborative help you grow as a person and in your career?
Collaborative has been an unparalleled force in my growth as a person and in my career. When I first started out at Collaborative, I did not have much Human Resources experience and was pretty unsure of myself but the Company and my team have allowed me to grow in my field and gain confidence in myself. I have been able to learn so much and gain plenty of experience in the Human Resources field. I am also on my way to completing my Masters in Human Resources Management (two more classes left, wish me luck 😊)!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?If I had a superpower, I would be able to move metal with my mind and I’d have a suit made of a light metal so I could fly. My superhero name would be Titanium Trae and my theme song would be Titanium by Sia. I may have thought about this too much! Haha
What’s your favorite TV show at the moment?My longtime favorite show is Avatar: The Last Airbender and I could binge that over and over again, however, I do also love My Hero Academia!
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