Working Remotely - Country Manager, Brazil.
Country Manager for Brazil Aloisio Moraes spoke to us about working remotely with GetYourGuide.
What is your role at GetYourGuide?
I am a Country Manager for Latin America.
Tell us about your first few weeks with GetYourGuide.
I flew from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin and spent two weeks at HQ. During my first week there I had the opportunity to shadow Area Managers and Account Managers to see what their day looks like, better understanding the challenges and learning from their experiences. I also joined team meetings with the executive team and regional directors which was a great opportunity for me to learn.
It was during the second week where the training session officially started with the other newbies. We had lots of training sessions and everything was very well coordinated, the training team was very welcoming and answered all of our questions and concerns. We had training sessions with nearly all of the company's departments which gave us a better sense of how GetYourGuide works and how each department communicates and coordinates together to better execute projects.
The Welcome Days and training sessions were a great opportunity to meet with other Newbies and all GetYourGuide employees. They were crucial for me to better understand the company and how it works. Furthermore, for those like me who won't be based in Berlin, it's a very good opportunity to connect with other employees.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I start my day at 8:00 am Brazilian time so that I have time to speak to my colleagues in Berlin if needed. The first thing I do is check the daily reports to have a better understanding of what is going on in the region, keeping a close eye on sell-out rate and growth to ensure that we are growing. After this, I prioritize my daily tasks and check to see any follow-ups or tasks I need to do regarding supplier management.
My mornings are mostly focused on analyzing data, general information, and planning, and afternoons are spent in meetings, on calls or for getting in touch with suppliers. Now that I'm both an Area Manager (which is a more strategic role) and an Account Manager (more hands-on role) I need to balance both roles.
What are the advantages of working remotely?
The most amazing aspect of working remotely is having the opportunity to join a global company and bring it to your own country by developing and growing the business.
Are there any disadvantages to working remotely?
I can’t say that there are any real disadvantages.
There are challenges, of course. Being away from HQ can sometimes make you feel a bit disconnected and that you don't know what's going on right away.
The important thing is to keep in touch as much as you can with your colleagues in Berlin and join all the updates. I also regularly schedule online meetings with my colleagues to share challenges and learnings. You really need to be committed to the company’s goals, core values, and culture. If you see yourself as an entrepreneur and think like one too, working remotely won’t be a problem. My advice would be to take the opportunity to network as much as you can while in HQ in Berlin, don't miss company updates and try to lunch with people from other departments when possible.
How do you remain connected to the culture and core values of GetYourGuide while working remotely?
I try to participate as much as I can with the global meetings we have, such as the Friday Update, Global Update, and other company-wide meetings. Another thing that helps is to constantly connect with people from the Berlin office to share knowledge and challenges which helps to give a better understanding of what is going on at HQ.