Learn on Demand Systems is pleased to announce that Robert Lisiecki has been named 2018 Employee of the Year. The award is presented each year to a team member who best embodies the company’s core purpose and values. Robert joined Learn on Demand Systems in 2014 as a Software Developer. He has since been promoted to Senior Software Developer.
“Robert’s commitment to excellence is unprecedented,” said Chris Sears, Chief Technology Officer at Learn on Demand Systems. “His relentless, tireless efforts are exhibited in the quality work he produces.” As a way to spotlight Robert, we asked him a series of questions:
1. What was your initial reaction when you heard you won Employee of the Year?
I was very surprised. With so many great team members working for Learn on Demand Systems, it came as a surprise that I was singled out. It was truly an honor to have received the award and very motivating.
2. What’s your favorite thing about working at Learn on Demand Systems?
There are many great things, the possibility of travel to interesting places, interesting and fun projects to work on, feeling like you are making a difference in training and education, and working with a great team. But for me what really makes working for Learn on Demand Systems special, is being able to work from home and being able to see my daughter grow up. It’s getting to visit with my wife and daughter on the way to the coffee maker that puts me in a good mood and motivates me. It is something special that cannot be replaced. Memories that I would never have if I had to work in an office each day.
3. What does being remote allow you to do that you wouldn’t be able to if not?
Being remote allows me to spend time with my family. I get to see them when I leave my office. I would not have heard my daughter’s first words. Also, I don’t have to wake up early to fight traffic just to sit in an office. This means that I don’t put miles on my car, and my insurance and gasoline is very cheap. I can have breakfast and lunch at home, which means eating healthier is much easier. I get to pick the coffee I want to drink in the morning. Most of all, it allows me to stay focused on my work and avoid common disruptions found in office environments. There are of course benefits to working in an office, but in my opinion, there is more to gain by working remote.
4. How do you balance your career and family?
For me, this is not difficult. My wife stays home to care for my daughter, so our whole family is together. My wife is very good at managing time and caring for our daughter so it is very rare that there are disruptions. On the off day when there is a bit of noise, I can easily close my door or put on my headphones. Also, it is important to have a separate work area.
The most difficult thing to manage is when my daughter looks at me through the baby gate in the hall while saying “da-da”. I don’t manage that because it would be impossible! I simply get up and give her a big hug, then go back to work with much less stress.
5. How has Learn on Demand Systems helped you in your career development?
Learn on Demand Systems has helped me advance my career by allowing me to establish myself within the company. LODS has also allowed me to maintain my ongoing education and achieve several certificates. The focus of our product is training and education, so it is fitting that I learn something new each day. I have also had many great examples to work from within our leadership team. Since working for Learn on Demand Systems I have improved my code quality, learned to better manage time, and established a great variety of certifications.
6. What’s your favorite part of your job?
Writing code and solving problems. As a developer, problems are not something to run from, but to look for. Finding creative ways to solve complicated problems is what keeps my interest and helps me stay focused.
7. Before working at Learn on Demand Systems what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
The most interesting and unusual job I have had was when I was a CNC programmer and operator for a company that made bone saws for knee replacement. I worked mainly on EDM, which are large machines where computers control an electrified brass wire to cut through any conductive material including solid carbide, all while submerged in a tank of water. I also programmed machines (Star Lathe) that would run two programs in sequence to machine a piece of metal on two sides simultaneously. I would also help resurrect older machines including old EDM and laser cutters. Aside from that, there were also CNC mills, lathes, and I would even crank handles on old fashion manual mills when needed.
8. Any outlandish hobbies? Or something that might surprise us about you?
I have many hobbies. Some are odd, some are normal. I enjoy growing peppers (Carolina reapers) and coffee plants, I play the mandolin, I brew apple wine, play Dungeons and Dragons with friends, build things from microcontrollers and IoT devices, make pottery and 3d artwork from clay, and play tabletop games. It is a decent collection of nerdy hobbies.
9. Favorite animated character?
10. Favorite line from a movie?
Nothing from a movie comes to mind, but basically, anything said by Jason Mendoza from “The Good Place”. “Anytime I had a problem and I threw a Molotov cocktail, boom! Right away, I had a different problem.”
11. Favorite soup?
Chili. It is a common misconception that Chili is intended for cooler weather, but don’t be surprised if you see me enjoying a nice bowl of chili outside during the summer. Chili is also best served spicy. ?