Dennis Miring’u joined Sendy as a Graphic Designer at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. He was lucky to join as Sendy was going fully remote. Shortly after onboarding, Dennis relocated to South Korea, where he continues to work remotely. We caught up with him to find out the ups, downs, and sideways of his journey with us and how he is settling in his new home.
What excites you about being part of the Sendy team?
The great team I work alongside and the opportunities for individual development, as the company is growing in all aspects (more hires, more locations and more products).
What is a typical day for you at Sendy?
Switching between Photoshop & Illustrator 😂
But seriously, I handle the look and feel of the Sendy brand for both internal and external communication so I’m always executing briefs from various departments on a day to day.
What do you currently enjoy the most about working at Sendy?
The opportunity to work remotely. It was introduced last year and has come in, very handy this year.
What do you think is the most exciting part about working remotely in the department that you work?
How easy it was for my department and I to get in sync.
With relocations, many factors come into play: travel time, settling, and most significantly, the time zone difference. Through all this, my team has been very supportive, helping me settle even faster and level my workload.
How has your experience been working remotely?
It has been great, seeing as I am able to move with my family. It has opened up opportunities not only for myself but for my wife too.
How has the journey of remote working changed your view of work?
Work requires great communication and collaboration. Where the staff members reside is not a major factor anymore. In my opinion, companies that allow remote working improve productivity and boost their employee loyalty.
What do you do for work & life balance?
I live near the beach so I walk in the evenings and run in the mornings during weekdays. I have also enrolled for Korean classes to help me navigate. Over the weekends, I explore places nearby and further out.
What life & work lessons have you learned while working at Sendy?
Do not treat your colleagues as a means to get to “the top”; instead, treat them as people/ human beings. This lesson has especially been enforced after reading ‘Leadership and Self-Deception,’ a book that all Sendy employees have read.
What books, podcasts, or films/documentaries are you currently enjoying?
Book - Mere Christianity
Films/documentaries - Drive to survive 3, Grey’s anatomy (I wanted to see what the fuss is all about, now I am hooked)
Have you learned Korean? Drop us a quote in Korean and tell us what it means.
I am still learning. I have learnt the alphabet next up is the vocabulary.
Hello - 안녕하세요 (Pronounced as annyeonghaseyo)
What are some of the most interesting things about the country you work in?
80% of the population lives in the cities, which is almost the exact opposite back home. So this leaves some of the areas outside the cities to be pensioners’ areas and summer break destinations.