Parmis Nadali – Female Employee Spotlight of March

Employee name: Parmis Nadali
Role at company: Director, Human Resources and Health & Safety
Direct quote from the employee: "Do what you have to do with all the effort you can put in but be open if things go in a different direction. That’s just life."

It is important to Women of Commercial Landscaping (WCL) to showcase the amazing women who, on a daily basis, bring their hearts and passion to the table to collectively contribute to our growth and success.

In order to help you get to know us a little bit better and learn about the fantastic individuals that make up our team, we will be interviewing them and letting you in on their answers. What do they do? What do they enjoy? What makes them unique? It’s time to find out!

For our fifth employee spotlight, meet Parmis Nadali. Let’s dive in and learn more about her.

What do you do at our company?
When I joined the company, I was substituting my colleague who was on her maternity leave with handling the marketing and communications for head office. Currently, I work as the Human Resources and Health & Safety director.

What has been your favourite project so far?
Our head office moved to a new location last December, I was happy to design the layout, it was an exciting project for me to work on.

What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
The team I work with are great colleagues, I always look forward to our one-to-one conversations, and I learn so much from them. It might sound very cliché to say that everyday is a new challenge, but it is, and I do enjoy seeing my incremental growth daily. Every month I look back and acknowledge what I learned.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I come from generations of carpenters which always inspired me to make wooden art pieces since I was 7, carving wood and gifting it to my family. One of my dreams is to own a fully equipped wood shop and build things, maybe one day a tree house perhaps. Something that I am very proud of, I built a moving robot from scratch, it would react to different sound frequencies and was shortlisted for a competition.

How do you balance your career and your family/personal life?
Even though we plan to start and finish work at a certain time, sometimes we go beyond the hours due to our commitment to submit a project. However, I make sure to allocate time for myself, my friends and family. Staying in touch with my close circle is an important part of my life and I work hard to maintain it, even though there are times we can get caught up with our day-to-day work.

What advice would you give to other women in the industry?
I have a lot of respect for women who decide to work in male-dominated industries, especially in the field work. Understanding what each gender is capable of is very important, and once realized, we can work side-by-side very successfully. Some might be better at lifting heavier objects due to their physical capabilities while others are great planners or doing more detailed work. I personally do not see it as a competition and think of it as a great collaboration.

What does a typical day of work look like for you?
Before starting work I usually prefer to ground myself and perhaps meditate to prepare me for the day. I usually go through the emails before 9am making a list of what I need to do or accomplish for that day/week which is like a little brainstorming. It’s not an everyday routine as I might have different tasks. However, my tasks range from working towards implementing a more efficient HR system, learning about new trends, providing support where needed to colleagues, etc.

What are three words you would use to describe Clintar?
Team-spirit, progressive, family.

What do you find most rewarding/challenging about your role?
Being in an HR role requires a different set of communication and management skill set which I am very eager to learn and improve on it. It is quite rewarding, to see my progress on a quarterly period.

If given the chance, who would you be for a day?
I would like to be modern spiritual leader, such as his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, looking at the world as well as the day-to-day events from his eyes.

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
As far as I could go in time, I’d like to interview Leonardo DaVinci. His work has always fascinated me, I remember writing about few of his inventions while I was a university student. During the renaissance period, he was one of the figures who stood out not because he painted the famous Last Supper or the Mona Lisa, but he was beyond just being a painter. He was an inventor of flying machines, weapons and machines for war, mechanical instruments and the list goes on. Most of his inventions, were a precedent of what we have today. It is unfortunate, most people know Leonardo DaVinci only as a painter whereas he was a multi disciplinary person and would be commissioned by war generals to invent what they wanted. Here’s an interesting fact about him, in order to patent his work and make sure that his ideas cannot be copied, he would write as a mirror image and usually miss some steps intentionally. Researchers have had to go through his text and drawings, to be able to connect the dots and rebuild his inventions.

What would you like to be famous for?
Aside from being successful at my career, I’d like to be famous animal whisperer, and maybe someone who builds fascinating tree houses.

What inspires/motivates you?
People and their stories inspire me. One of the things I enjoy most, pre-pandemic and hopefully one day soon, is to have conversations with random people. Strangers sometimes open up easily, share a story and you never see them again. But you’ll always remember those encounters and the conversations.

We hope you enjoyed learning about Parmis Nadali! We can’t wait to connect you to more of our wonderful team – so stay tuned.