Christina Peterson

Christina Peterson is co-founder and COO of Worksome.

Worksome is a matchmaking platform that connects employees with prospective employees in 24 hours via AI and in work within four days.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I was born in Nuuk, Greenland in August 1982, and lived there until the age of seven. I am currently based in Holte, just north of Copenhagen, where I live with my husband and three children – all boys – aged nine, seven and our latest addition who is only a few months old.

Generally, I have always been interested in social dynamics, and what drives and motivates us. This has influenced both my education and career choices, which have centered around psychology and Human Resources. In terms of academic achievements, I am a Master in Human Resource Management, primarily focused on Performance Management and incentive structures. And in terms of my current professional status, I am a co-founder and the Head of People at Worksome. My role is to ensure a scalable and highly motivated organisation, enabling us to realise our vision of becoming facilitators of the free and meaningful work-life.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Absolutely not! My educational and career choices have always been driven by interest and passion, not by blue prints for the future. Looking back, my path has not been a straight line, and it wasn’t even on the cards for me to start my own business, but Worksome was too good an idea to let go.

Have you faced any challenges along the way?

Challenges come with ambition. If you want to develop, to improve, to find that motivation that makes you try even harder, then there will always need to be challenges along the way.

And when you overcome them – because you always do – you not only feel satisfied, but sharper than before.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

Besides my children… Definitely founding Worksome. It is an amazing feeling to execute on something you strongly believe in, and actually see it fly. Worksome is not just about building a company. It is also about making room for new and more contemporary ways of working. It’s about helping people to build a better work-life balance and unlock potential.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

Focus on what’s important and what is not. Not just focus in terms of concentrating on what´s agreed on, but focus in terms of working out what’s the best choice for me, my family, my business in the given situation. It means I am pragmatic and what matters is what works.

How do you feel about mentoring? Have you mentored anyone or are you someone’s mentee?

I have mentored many students on their last year of their Master’s degree. Mentoring is important and is meaningful – both ways. I believe mentoring/knowledge sharing is crucial professionally and it builds trust between people.

If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?

Well, I think the general discourse on the topic will be even more relevant and interesting if we start acknowledging differences in preferences between men and women. If we want to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, we have to be that change in our own choices – IF the choices are right for us and are what we really want.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?

Doing everything with 100 per cent perfection won’t get you anywhere. Learning to prioritise effort is key to success.

What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?

Getting the organisation ready for scale-up. I am so excited and thankful for how far we have come, and I am looking forward to working with our team to build a strong presence across many new markets, as a preferred partner to both companies and independent professionals.