Last Updated: January 7, 2020 8:48PM
Meet Piotr Ochocki
He’s been with Lionbridge since 2016 and revels in his dynamic role as a Global Quality & Community Engagement Manager. Find him in Warsaw, Poland where he enjoys working together with his team, walking along the Vistula river, and honing his skills braiding his daughter’s hair.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
The beauty of my work is that it’s rarely routine, so it’s hard to picture a “typical day”. It would involve a couple calls, some with clients, others with my team and colleagues. The rest could be anything from organizing a summit for our team, to exploring the possibilities of virtual reality sessions to get linguists more involved.
What is the best part of your job?
Its versatility – no two weeks are the same! Quality and Community Engagement can be improved through anything from standard emails and reports to large scale summits, comedy nights or virtually anything that helps boost performance and build team spirit under certain circumstances. Of course as long as it’s justified from a business perspective.
What is the most exciting opportunity on the horizon for your team this year?
We’re actually expanding the team right now, adding some new and amazing people. The coming months will be one big opportunity to take a fresh approach to our work and gain momentum for some big events.
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I speak 2.5 languages:
Polish, English and a little bit of German and French
My favorite local saying is…
“It’s as useful as a towel to a fish”
(comes from a Polish comedy sketch)
A tourist visiting my city shouldn’t miss…
the Vistula river, especially in summer, as it’s an amazing combination of the opposites – one bank is full of restaurants and other attractions, while the other remains wild and natural. Seeing it, especially from a boat (plenty of cruises to choose from) is a quite unique experience.
Outside of work, I always make time for…
my family and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in that order (although my daughter has been training for more than two years now, so I can do both!) I also try to spend at least a couple days each season camping, hiking or sailing, as these tend to recharge my batteries the fastest.
The best piece of career advice I’ve ever received is…
“It’s just work” – I know it’s not groundbreaking but helps put stress in perspective and make more rational decisions, even in tough times.
My hidden talent is…
hair braiding! I can make a braid that lasts forever! Other than that, I used to play a decent tune on tin whistle and a less decent one on guitar. I also used to do quite a lot of historical reenactment and urban exploration. A couple of hidden talents I guess!
Seeing an idea come to life makes me roar.