Aretha didn’t need me as a back-up singer so I had to go to option #2. I started in sales and enjoyed the training aspect of my job more than anything. I heard that “training” was an actual profession and jumped into it. (For all of you newbies, no judging! L&D wasn’t as well-known as it is now.) Fast forward….I moved to the HR operations side because I wanted to develop the processes – and I’ve never looked back.
What keeps you in this field?
The excitement. This is a field that never stops evolving. The HR we knew 10 years ago is completely different than the HR today. New HR professionals are learning about systems integration and technology….it just proves that there is always a better way to build a mousetrap. That growth and evolving energizes me about the next 10 years.
What challenges do you face?
Studies consistently show that communication within organizations is the number one challenge….and I agree. HR professionals face this challenge often because we launch company-wide programs (performance management, new hire processes, etc.). During a program implementation we have ONE chance to communicate to the employee population. Any missteps can cause confusion to the employees and negatively impact the success of the program….and even worse, it can damage the credibility of HR.
Your session is on how thinking like a musician can improve an organization, what made you decide to present on this topic?
I am passionate about both topics!
What session/speaker/event are you looking most forward to for LA SHRM 2013?
There are so many!! I need to clone myself so I can sit in every session!
We look forward to seeing Sandy at Louisiana SHRM Conference on April 8th - 9th in Baton Rouge! Read more about the conference here.