OmniSpotlight: Suzie Haines
Tell us a little bit about you and your background!
My name is Suzie and I work and live in the countryside just outside of Bath in the UK. For the past 6 years I have been renovating a property I bought in the country. This may sound like a long time...but in my defence I built another house in the meantime which now houses my parents as my nearest neighbours. The project is still ongoing but I've done some prioritising of the most important projects, which are now finished, including an outside kitchen and BBQ for those precious moments in the UK when the sun comes out!
What do you do at Omnipresent?
I have been busy setting up and managing the day to day functions of the payroll department. The payroll department at Omnipresent is the engine room of the business. This is where we deliver accurate on-time payrolls each and every month.
What do you like most about your role?
Everyday is different in the world of payroll and you never stop learning. As Omnipresent scales we grow into more and more countries which is where international payroll really gets interesting. Each and every country has a different setup and so it is always a valuable experience learning about the systems in different countries.
How did you come to work at Omnipresent and what about Omnipresent's mission resonated with you?
I came to work for Omnipresent as I have 20 years of experience in international payrolls as well as previous Professional Employer Organisation (PEO) experience. I really am an advocate of the Employer of Record (EOR) service that Omnipresent offers. It is a great product for anyone working abroad.
I used to live and work in Italy for several years where I was managing my own business. This meant delivering an Italian payroll which still to this day is a complicated structure. I would've appreciated having a service that would've managed that headache for me.
What are the biggest benefits to working remotely for you?
Living in the UK is fantastic, it's a great country to live in except for the famously terrible public transport. I used to work in Bristol city centre which is a one stop, 8 minute, train ride. Not only did this journey cost a pound a minute but it would sometimes take over an hour and a half!
Being crammed into a carriage, where you can't move an inch, is not a pleasant experience especially so when you know you could walk the route quicker than the train... Not having to commute is without a doubt the best reason to work remotely and, as Covid has proven, a massive benefit for the planet as well.
How are you managing the challenges of working remotely?
Working from home has a heap of benefits but it is important to make sure you don’t develop cabin fever. When working from home all day it is too easy to start feeling isolated especially if you don’t have any interruptions from family or pets. Now and again, it is important to make time for those interruptions, which in my case mostly comes from two (sometimes well behaved) dogs.
Lastly, what’s the most interesting place you have visited and why?
There's only one answer to this question: Liverpool Anfield. I know this will make all non-football fans sigh with annoyance, but one of my best memories was bagging some extra special tickets after telling a bit of white lie about it being my mums 70th birthday. When she had to meet some of the old players and say a few words, I knew she was never going to forgive me. Luckily for me she got over it!