Curious to learn more about the ins and outs of Klarna? Desperate to get-to-know our super talented and diverse team? Well, we sat down with the recent recipient of our Klarnaut of the Month title – Kristina Bielskyte – to discuss her Klarna journey thus far, as well as a few other titbits…
What inspired you to work at Klarna?
I saw Klarna as a young tech company that provided a lot of career opportunities.
Can you describe working at Klarna in 3 words?
Fast, varied and fun!
What do you love most about your job?
I think the biggest thing I love about my job is that no two workdays look the same. From fielding employee questions and requests to keeping the kitchen full of fan-favourite snacks, to understanding what aspects of the employee experience needs improvement, an office manager’s responsibilities touch almost every aspect of the workplace. We drive engagement, productivity, and culture, and when executed properly, it has the power to change careers and, to some extent, lives.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on opening 2 new UK offices, while trying to keep everyone’s morale high while working from home.
What did you do that got you the UK Klarnaut of the Month award?
I think going above and beyond for people and being always there for them got me the UK Klarnaut of the Month award. Especially during Covid19, the “traditional workplace” has evolved and us Office Managers have had to adapt to new ways of working, how to drive engagement, productivity, and culture in other ways which has been appreciated by people during these uncertain times.
What’s your biggest challenge as an Office Manager?
The biggest challenge at the moment for sure is maintaining the company culture since we’ve moved to remote working, which has been really challenging.
In normal times, what would you be doing now instead of answering these questions?
I would be running around like a headless chicken in the office! Helping people, doing my day-to-day tasks and creating a positive environment in the workplace, a place where the employees want to come to.
If you could have 2 dinner guests, who would you pick and why?
Sheryl Sandberg and Michelle Obama. They are such inspirational women!
What’s your favourite purchase you’ve ever made using Klarna?
Too many to list!!
Who is your role model?
What’s your favourite Klarna memory?
So many. But I think the best memories I have are from our 80’s Ski Lodge Christmas party back in 2019. Feels like forever ago! It was so much fun!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a wedding planner!