Even amid a global pandemic, there are silver linings.
Take Solutions 8 Operations Specialist Eurice Echaves, who definitely wouldn’t be the star of this blog if the recent health crisis hadn’t forced so many businesses to make tough decisions. When the company she’d been working for had to lay off employees because of COVID-19, Eurice found herself unemployed. Not wasting any time, she hit the online job boards and started searching for the right position.
“There were lots of jobs available online,” she told me. “But I wanted to find the right fit. I wanted to find home.”
So, she held off until she saw the perfect job opening for a position at Solutions 8. Knowing she would be good at it, she applied, crushed the interview process, and became one of the newest members of our wildly talented team.
What exactly does an Operations Specialist do?
As it turns out, they’re pretty indispensable.
During a typical day, Eurice is responsible for optimizing day-to-day activities at Solutions 8 and managing the flow of the workplace. In other words, she’s the tech-savvy girl genius working behind the scenes to make our lives easier and more efficient.
She says the best part about her job is that she gets to “work with everyone about everything.” That means juggling numerous tasks and requests from different people and departments on any given day, which she says gives her a unique perspective on how each team’s processes fit within the organization as a whole.
Her secret go-to productivity trick? Listening to Lo-fi music. Eurice is currently into samurai Lo-fi and anime Lo-fi. In her words: “It makes you want to get stuff done!”
When I asked her what personality traits make her good at her job, she said her analytical thinking and decision making skills, for sure. Considering her long-term goal is to be Kasim’s gatekeeper [insert Gandalf “You shall not pass!” meme here] and the onboarding specialist for the Client Management team, I’d say she’s off to a pretty good start.
Of course, she didn’t always dream of being an Operations Specialist.
When Eurice was younger, she wanted to be a hotel chain owner.
“I wanted to own hotels all over the world. We didn’t have Airbnb then, and I liked the idea of having a place to stay anywhere I am in the world.”
But now, when she’s not working, you can find Eurice in the kitchen practicing her culinary skills (she says cooking is her “love language”) or playing video games with her daughter. She also loves arts and crafts, including journaling and memory keeping.
Like a lot of us, Eurice is learning to cope with life amid a pandemic, finding ways to keep busy and keep her sanity intact. She’d love to learn to play the drums but says they don’t have the space in the house for a drum set … yet.
So instead she’s been reading a lot (she loves YA and just finished All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven) and binge-watching all 15 seasons of Supernatural.
Eurice was born and raised in the Philippines, where she lives now.
Originally from Manila, she moved to Cebu for college and ended up staying for good. Interestingly, her favorite place she’s visited so far has been Lexington, Kentucky. She was in the United States for four months for training and fell in love with the city, the people, the food, and the overall chill vibe.
She says one of her favorite memories from the past year has been getting to spend so much time with her daughter. While Eurice has always preferred working in the U.S. time zone, it took a toll on their mother-daughter quality time. Now, with the flexibility of working from home, she has the opportunity to make up for her time in the “corporate world” and they can do more things together.
Now for the deep stuff. (What? I like the deep stuff!)
When I asked her about something she’s done in the past but will never do again, Eurice had some pretty solid words to live by:
“Settle. I have learned that I do not have to settle for anything, just because it is expected or it is safe. I know my worth and if the people I am around do not see that, then I am around the wrong people.”
Hells to the yes, girl.
When this whole pandemic thing is over—because things will get better, I promise you guys—Eurice agreed to come back to the U.S. and visit me so we can take a road trip to Kentucky and she can “sing offkey for HOURSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!”
Yes! Bring it!