“When my teammates appreciate my work, it inspires me to keep improving.” – A Chat with Teammate George Omenda
This week, we chat with our IT-savvy teammate: George Omenda, 33. Due to his enthusiasm for resolving complex and technical challenges for our staff, he was voted teammate of the month in March.
How did you choose a career in Information Technology?
My interest in IT began in Jamuhuri High School. I was in my 3rd year when computers were introduced to students in our school. In my quest to understand how a computer works, I chose an IT course, which I pursued in college.
Every day has been a learning experience for me as IT keeps evolving. I started off as a data entry clerk in a factory. I have gained on-the-job experience, which has immensely contributed to elevating me to where I am today.
How long have you worked at Sanergy? How did you learn about Sanergy?
I have worked at Sanergy since August 2014. I first learned about Sanergy through my father, a videographer who worked on a project with Sanergy in 2011.
What do you like about Sanergy?
I like the hardworking culture displayed by the staff’s commitment to Sanergy’s mission. I love that teams work together to accomplish tasks set out in various projects.
Tell us about your typical day at work.
Every day, I log in to the Help Desk mailbox to track staff requests. I attend to these requests, resolving any challenges that teammates may be having. I then embark on team projects and attend to assignments given to me by my line manager.
My day ends with setting up a work plan for the next working day. I often allow for flexibility as my job involves plenty of impromptu requests.
What has been your greatest accomplishment at Sanergy?
Every time I successfully resolve an issue — simple or complex — is an accomplishment for me.
I remember one time when our staff did not have internet connectivity for an entire day. Our team members had tried everything but could not find the solution. In the evening as I was about to leave, I decided to go through the entire process one more time only to find the issue was a mismatch in the network settings. That really taught me to be thorough and analytical in all aspects of my work.
What inspires you?
Whenever I help my teammates resolve technical problems, I feel happy. However, the appreciation I receive from them inspires me to help many more.
My sister Emily, who is also in IT, really inspires my work. We share a lot of ideas, and I have learned most of what I do today from her.
Tell us about an interesting project that you are working on?
Our team is working on developing software, ‘Taroworks’: a data-gathering platform that will help in the organization’s operational activities such as waste collection
What role does technology play in Sanergy’s work?
Sanergy works with a lot of data from the operations department. Our team is therefore constantly developing software that will make data analysis and interpretation easy.
What do you do in your free time?
When I am not working, I am studying. I am currently pursuing my graduate studies in IT at Maseno University. I also love playing Scrabble and Monopoly: these games teach me a lot about critical and analytical thinking.
A memorable quote that has been helpful to you?
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It resonates with the kind of work I do on a daily basis.
What do you hope to achieve in the next five years?
I hope to have developed an open-source software aimed at improving work processes among teams.