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Meet Rob Kalkofen - Director of Human Resources, Baseball Fanatic, and Pet Attire Enforcer

Posted by Datasource on Aug 31, 2018 1:45:07 PM

This is the next interview in a new series in which we ask our unique and diverse Datasource Consulting staff to share a bit about themselves, both professionally and personally. We're amazed and inspired at their talents, hobbies, and aspirations, and we hope you are, too! 


Name: Rob Kalkofen
Title: Director, Human Resources
Years with Datasource: 2.5
Total Years Industry Experience: 13
Current Home CityArvada, CO

Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held: 

DSC has been one of the best experiences in my career from the perspective of the work and people I’ve had the opportunity to work with. The leadership team here is strongly in favor of creating an employee-friendly environment and supporting our efforts to create a culture within the organization that positively impacts all current and prospective employees.

Over the last three years, we’ve focused heavily on initiatives that directly impact the employee experience. Whether this be a concierge-type on boarding experience, or employee engagement efforts that create opportunities for consultants to provide feedback and raise issues in real time, the leaders across the organization have been 100% on board with both support and participation.

Getting feedback from our team and then making meaningful changes to improve the employee experience is important to us as we continually strive to be an employer of choice in the EDM industry.

Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.

Always Getting Better

Tell us what you like most about working at Datasource.

Clearly the best thing about Datasource is the people! Datasource cares about each person and is constantly pushing to make the time people spend with Datasource valuable to them both personally and professionally. It’s cliché to say, but we have a great group of people here at DSC and I’m happy to be included in what we have going on!

What challenges you the most and what motivates you the most at Datasource?

The biggest challenge is finding unique ways to give action to the feedback we receive. With consultants all over the globe, there are a lot of different things we can do to help our team. The engagement action plans we implemented this year are a good representation of that effort. With 13 different plans impacting everything from delivery to rewards to training and on-boarding, it’s my hope that we’re positively shaping a variety of areas that are important to our team.

We’re never going to be perfect, but I like to think we get there 80% of the time. A good HR professional knows the roles he or she can play at any point in an organization. Sometimes we need to be the good ref, who does their job well, but isn’t heard from much. Sometimes we need to be pushing for the best outcomes and opportunities of our employees. In all facets, the support from the team to play those roles is a huge motivator.

What is on your bucket list?

Our goal as a family is to see all the ballparks in major league baseball. We’ve seen 12 in the last few years and really enjoy the unique parts of each stadium. Hopefully more to come soon!

What are you proudest accomplishments?

I was the 2016 National Society for Human Resources Lip Sync Champion. No one can ever take that away from me.

What are your hobbies outside of work? 

We really are a sports-oriented family. The kids play baseball, basketball, hockey, and volleyball. If I’m not here, you can rest assured we’re doing something sports-related.

What is your hidden talent?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be hidden.

What phobias do you have?

I hate the sound of metal on teeth or metal on metal. I’m actually a little ill thinking about it right now. Pet peeves: dogs dressed as humans, and wearing the ball cap of a team that’s not playing at the game you’re attending.

Tell us why you fell in love with data.

Baseball. You can’t be a baseball fan these days without getting to know more and more about the unique data used to make evaluations of prospects and team trends.

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