HR Awards 2016 • Congratulations to Etix Everywhere and SHU Management Professor, Julian Troian and SHU Student, Tanya McEvoy!

Julian Troian, Adjunct Professor of Management at SHU, bags the HR Manager of the Year Award at 14th Luxembourg HR Awards, 2016

Sacred Heart University congratulates Adjunct Professor, Julian Troian for winning the HR Manager of the Year Award (Etix Everywhere) at the 14th Luxembourg HR Awards. The event organized by Gala HR One is a flagship event for HR Professionals.

The team of Etix Everywhere also won the HR Team of the Year Award which included SHU student, Tanya McEvoy, who’s currently working as Head of Etix Academy, an innovative concept for learning and training. The academy aims to provide employees with a revolutionary learning experience that is tailor-made to each individual so that they may learn and grow continuously throughout their career.

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Etix Everywhere is a fast growing, high tech company designing and deploying state of the art Data Centers worldwide.

SHU caught up with Julian Troian for an exclusive chat.

SHU: Julian, you’ve just won the HR Manager of the Year prize. How do you feel?

It is an honour and a privilege to receive this recognition. The pride is even bigger if I consider the great challenge I accepted only 2 years ago and if I look at the amount of innovations we were able to deploy with my amazing, young, inspiring team.

The theory is confirmed: If you treat people the right way you can really unleash incredible results

SHU: You’ve been in your position for only 2 years now. How did you develop your strategy ?

I accepted the challenge and left my previous employer where I was HR Director EMEA of a large multinational, because I wanted to see whether it was actually possible to translate all the theories I love discussing with my students in class into action. Can we build an engaging place to work from day one?

When I joined Etix Everywhere I was employee “number seven” and the plan was to rapidly scale the size of the company in order to sustain the growing demand of our customers for our innovative solutions.

I obtained from the founder, a full mandate on people operations and he kept his word and never interfered.

I immediately scaled my team and recruited Tanya McEvoy (SHU, MBA ’16) who was one of the most talented students of my class, back in 2014. Daphné joined us only a couple of weeks later and the adventure begun.

SHU: What is so unique about the recruiting process at Etix Everywhere?

Companies have to stop hunting talents and re-formatting them from the very first moment they join, so that they look like all the other colleagues (cloning). Our goal is to create conditions for each individual to shine; to show his or her full potential and unleash the power of natural talents.

"We want anyone coming to Etix Everywhere’s office to feel at home", Julian Troian-Photo by Etix Everywhere
“We want anyone coming to Etix Everywhere’s office to feel at home”, Julian Troian-Photo by Etix Everywhere

We give huge attention to the onboarding of new staff and our caring starts even before they join. As of the interviewing stage, we want anyone coming to the Etix Everywhere office to feel at home, welcomed and relaxed. We try to create the best possible conditions to experience the interview as a natural moment rather than a stressful trial.

Once the newcomer has signed his/her contract we start preparing for their arrival, which is not just about logistics. A “godfather” welcomes the new colleague on day one and he will take care of the introduction to the rest of the team. The new format allows the newbie to actually choose his/her “godfather” before joining Etix Everywhere. In fact, all those who are available to be godfathers have filled in a really nice individual page (complete with personal info about passion, hobbies, music, movies, etc.), and the new colleague can actually choose the one that “suits” him/her best.

There’s a lot more to come, as we are only at the very beginning of this great journey.

One of the next challenges is to stop using the word “Resources” when talking about the women and the men in our organizations.

Julian Troian, Adjunct Professor, Sacred Heart University