Strandie in the Spotlight: Florence Meert

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Alyssa Lefever
Sisu - Alyssa Lefever
  • Strandie in the spotlight
  • Pharmaceutical Affairs
  • 03 min. reading




Hella's latest project is that as Payroll Officer at Sisu Group. Her responsibilities include the onboarding and offboarding of employees, which includes preparing all contracts, hospital insurances, group insurances, Mensura, Sodexo,… 



 When did you know you wanted to pursue your career in HR?


In my first job, I had to undertake HR-related tasks such as managing employee benefits and other administrative tasks and I really enjoyed it. Later on, I started developing an interest in social legislation for workers and I applied at the Ephec to follow evening courses.


If you could give one important piece of advice to others in your function, what would it be?  


To effectively communicate with colleagues and managers to accurately update files of new employees. It is also important to be able to adapt yourself to different situations and to ideally speak with employees in their native language.



Tell us something about an interesting hobby or passion. 


I have several hobbies in my life: hiking, doing pole dance, going out with friends, travelling and many more.  





How did you start to get passionate about this? 


I started doing pole dance in May 2019. I was a bit self-conscious at first but I have been doing it for almost 4 years now, and I love it! It gives me a great boost of energy and allows me to get out of my comfort zone. 


As for hiking, when I was a little girl, my parents and I hiked a lot and I’ve never stopped since. 





Tell us something about an interesting hobby or passion.

I have several hobbies: reading, jogging, tennis, board games (Les Aventuriers du Rail, Azul, the Alhambra, Queen Domino, ...), traveling, skiing, hiking in nature (woods and seaside), and snowshoeing, it's in season! 


How did you start to get passionate about this?

My future husband, Patrick does not ski and we had to find a solution while I was skiing: snowshoeing was the answer. I started to practice it as well and now I am half ski - half snowshoe.


Why does this energize you? 

I love it because it's a total discovery of wonderful landscapes while being very quiet (far from noisy ski lifts and the population). Snowshoeing is much harder and more cardio than skiing, but what a healthy fatigue! 


Why should anyone else give this a try? 

It’s very energizing. It’s really for everyone but it is better to venture with a mountain guide to avoid snow traps.


 What was your favorite Strand event so far? And why?
The weekend in the Ardennes because it allowed us to meet the community of the Strandies and to be able to discuss our past and current experiences.

What’s the best thing about being a Project Consultant at Strand?
Being able to rely on and share the experience of other consultants to move forward on the various projects to be carried out.

Why should other pharma professionals consider becoming members of the Strand community?
Because being part of the Strandies allows you to rely on the resources of other consultants in the event of specific requests and/or problems.

How would you describe Strand in 3 words?
Reliable, efficient, and confident.

How does Strand’s community add value to your experience at Strand?
When I'm stuck on a project, I can always reach out to a fellow Strandie to share their experience with me to get me back on track.



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