Gappers are passionate people. We are passionate about each other, our clients, our community, and are inspired by life! To explore more about what drives our team, resident hedgehog, Herbie, sat down with gappers in a series we like to call: Words with Herbs.
Kristina Rae Broome
How did you get to gap?
My brother is a gapper and spread the word about me. I was hired as a retail collector back in 2012. I was hoping to get hired in the office since last year, but kept getting held back because of conflicts with my college schedule. Now that I've graduated, I'm so excited to be here!
My experience in working with data comes from a combination of watching my brother work from home (and occasionally helping him out here and there when he was making food runs) and temporarily working on specs for copiers and wearables. I was excited to work on those projects, and my progress on those combined with the data I already collect weekly as a retail collector prepared me plenty for work as a DataOpper here.
What values leads you and why?
My top values have always been communication, initiative, and accountability. Communication is integral to getting any work done and making any progress, no matter what the project at hand is. I'm always on top of the steps and details of each and every project I'm working on from the start, whether I'm working independently or alongside team members. Initiative and self-motivation drive my creativity and overall working efficiency; not only do I avoid delays because of this, but I love having a head-start on whatever work needs to be done in general. Accountability is what keeps me on top of everything and allows team members to rely on my work ethics without any worry. My color-coded planner is always filled out to the max and keeps me right on track at all times so I never fall behind.
What skills are you bringing to gap and what skills are you excited to learn?
I am meticulous when it comes to work, but not to the point where I spend too much time dawdling on specific details. I've always striven to work both as quickly and as accurately as possible. The perfectionist in me always tries to fill in as much detail as I possibly can before moving onward; I literally can't allow myself to work halfheartedly. This habit of mine helped me soar through all the product specs I've worked on in the past (i.e. copiers & wearables) before I moved to my current DataOps position.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be, why, and what would you do with it?
This might seem kinda lame, but after adulting on my own for the last few years, I would absolutely love the superpower to get through life without sleep. There are too many books to be read, games & music to be played, and languages to be learned in the world. I have to divvy up which hobbies I can do on what days because daily downtime is never enough in a single day. If I could crop sleep out of my life, I would literally be able to keep myself busy or entertained 24/7.
What’s the quirkiest thing about you that you’re willing to admit?
Cleaning is a guilty pleasure of mine. Everything from dusting, to editing papers back in school, to QCing things in general. One of my favorite things about working at Gamestop (my previous job) on non-weekends is getting to re-alphabetize the walls of game cases.
What’s your favorite thing to do in San Diego and why?
I love taking my dog out for runs by the beach. The weather in San Diego is too perfect to take for granted, and I know my dog appreciates it just as much as I do. I just wish Coronado wasn't so far away, or I'd go there every morning.
If you were a box of cereal what would you be and why?
Lucky Charms! They're so colorful and can help brighten up anyone's day 🙂