What do you enjoy most in your career as a General Manager of Human Resources?
I enjoy being able to be a trusted source for advice and support from the CEO, Board and Senior Executive team and being able to see the great results achieved by implementing our HR strategy which they all support. Seeing our record high employee engagement survey results (4 years in a row) and winning Gold for Employer of Choice (HRD) whilst witnessing our organization perform successfully is most rewarding.
If you could go back in time and speak to your younger self, what advice would you give?
Take on feedback, including the positive feedback. I was always open to developmental feedback but was reluctant to take the positive feedback. Looking back now, I could have capitalized more on acknowledging my strengths earlier in my career.
What advice would you give to someone looking to reach your level of success?
Ensure that you understand the basics and foundations of HR. Always ensure that you start your career by doing the tasks that “appear” to be administrative and take in the learnings from this experience. These are the building blocks to really learning the intricacies of HR. No one will take HR seriously if HR can’t get the basics rights.
What do you love to do outside of work?
I love going to the gym, running and swimming. Exercise is my stress relief and my “me-time”. You don’t get that a lot working in Human Resources and when you have a family. I can just switch off, burn energy, reflect on things and consolidate my thoughts. I also love going on holidays and exploring different worlds and cultures with my family. There is so much to learn and see outside our box. It helps you see things with a different and more lateral perspective.
What is the best career advice you’ve been given?
Keep it simple. This is something I always focus on when implementing anything within the organization. Board Directors, the CEO, Senior Executives, Managers and all other employees are very busy. HR need to translate, even the complex stuff, to simple terms that all employees can understand and easily embrace.