Empowered people thrive professionally and personally. In this 2 of 4 stories, discover how they make an impact in Accenture.
Isn’t it great when every day at the office gives you the opportunity to experience and help others find success? At Accenture, innovative work allows Iszel to do just that!
It's a fact that innovation comes in all shapes and forms. One tasty example is Iszel’s version of sinigang, the classic sour and savory Filipino stew.
“Usually, sinigang is made using tamarind as the base. What I try to do is to invent something new that would taste even better! With my sinigang, I mix watermelon and green mangoes instead of tamarind. That’s a good combination if you try it — the sweetness from the watermelon and sourness from the green mango balance everything,” shared the self-described foodie and HR manager.
The same enthusiasm to innovate that pushes Iszel to culinary experimentation stems from her work, where constant reinvention to improve is the norm.
A Psychology major, Iszel’s Accenture internship showed her how Human Resources can influence and create an impact on a person’s life and career. The experience left a positive impression on Iszel, who joined the company shortly after graduation. Nine years later, she is now an associate manager, working directly with the company’s leadership team. Her main goal? To make sure employees have a positive experience from Day 1. This includes a lot of work: engaging people, handling a range of employee concerns, preparing performance improvement plans and working closely with business partners and stakeholders.
The unbeatable combination of human ingenuity and technology empowers Iszel and her team to play a key role in building a future-proof workforce. Through platforms such as PowerBI, Qlik Sense and Workday, they are able to identify opportunities to help keep Accenture people engaged and satisfied — reasons why Accenture in the Philippines was ranked 3rd in the country by Great Place to Work in 2022.
Iszel witnessed firsthand how Accenture’s culture of innovation came into full play when the global pandemic started two years ago. At that time, the HR team shifted from physical interactions to a virtual mode of engagement using technology platforms, online surveys and alternative forms of listening and feedback. These innovations allowed Iszel to maintain a human connection with the people she was helping. She appreciated how the company prioritized taking care of its people first and takes pride in how HR played its part behind the scenes so employees could adapt and thrive.
Iszel also appreciates that the Accenture culture is very open to ideas and feedback from its people. Everyone in the company has a voice, regardless of role, position, management level and gender. In Iszel’s team, members are encouraged to give their recommendations or suggestions — even to leadership.
Iszel’s experience at work has influenced her life outside the office. “Every time I make decisions in my personal life, I have to think deeper, think thrice, what would be the pros and cons? Advantages and disadvantages — analytical thinking at work. It allows me to come up with a lot of options before I decide to do anything.”
During her free time, Iszel loves to spend time with family, friends and furbabies that include several dogs and 10 cats. And, of course, reinventing cuisine that would make her favorite chef, Gordon Ramsey, proud.