For Lelle, his team is just as important to him as the work they produce. One of Lelle's main hiring philosophies is that he looks beyond the CV and tries to see if the person would work well in his team. He wants to create a work environment that welcomes people from different backgrounds and experiences.
"I am aware of how my team looks. For me, raising the topic of diversity in teams is important. It is harder to hire women because there are fewer applicants, but I want to keep discussing this and work on how we can change that. I believe that a diverse group of people brings different views, competencies, and background that creates company success. It generates a better work environment and new ways of solving problems. When you only have one type of people, the view gets narrowed and it becomes a different workplace."
"But it really comes down to the manager's responsibility for creating these teams, sourcing people from diverse backgrounds, and not being afraid to try. It might take a little more time, but it is essential to get it done. In Jovana's case, I really saw her potential even if she didn’t have any earlier experience in production. But she was an excellent fit for the team, and I quickly saw how she adapted to the role fast. We gave it a try, and, in this case, it really worked out."