Bo Zhu

University of Michigan

Project Manager

What do you enjoy most about your work?

My favorite part of work is being able to empower my team to do their work better and better. This is especially in the context of finding new tools and processes that will make their tasks more efficient, or having team building workshops/exercises that help team members develop team values to work more effectively together. I also really enjoy being part of something that makes a tangible impact on other people, and meets a need that they have.

What is a challenge or difficulty you face at work?

The biggest challenge I face is helping people think outside of their comfort zone. Both for my team members when they have to adopt a new process and for our users who might have to learn a new technology, there’s always pushback and a lot of hesitation. And changing human behavior in this sense is way more difficult than developing new products.

How do you see that the Gospel is or could be transforming your workplace?

It would be really awesome to see a team that works together and lives out gospel values as we work together. Right now it’s easy to see lots of interpersonal conflicts that don’t get resolved or purposelessness in work (just doing the task for the sake of getting the paycheck), but my hope is to see everyone working together knowing that God cares about them individually so they can work gracefully with others, and also that God has a bigger plan for restoration, with a purpose that they can be a part of.

What is one piece of advice you would give to those that will enter the workplace in the future?

Work will be hard, mundane, difficult, frustrating, hopeless, boring, overwhelming, and unsatisfying, but if you can see it from a Gospel-centered perspective, it can be easy, interesting, joyful, purposeful, exciting, and meaningful.