Job title - HR Specialist
Company- Eze Software Group
1. Tell me a little bit about your current role
I currently work in a standalone role based in the St Pauls area of Mayfair. The cope of my role extends to the US and APAC as well as the UK. My role is very varied and no day is the same as the day before.
2. What are you most proud of in your HR career?
I am most proud of single handedly setting up the HR department in my now 100 employee London office. This required me to work very long hours in order to achieve my aims. I was responsible for getting buy-in from the management team for a HR department and HR policies and processes that had never existed before. I realised that changing the habits of long standing managers would be no easy task, but my persistence, persuasion and negotiation skills led me to success.
3. What advice would you give to anyone starting their HR career?
I would highly recommend getting some unpaid work experience to anyone looking to start their HR career. In my experience, without having completed prior work placements, many employers were not interested in considering me for roles. Offering your services for free to charities or other organisations is an excellent way of building experience and getting insight into the big wide world of HR.
4. What would you like to be doing in 3 years time?
In three years time, I would love to see myself leading a small team and moving the HR department of my Company away from the administrative side of HR. I see myself being able to manage increasingly more global areas of HR which involve more opportunities and responsibilities.
5. What do you feel is the most innovative or unique initiative you have introduced at work?
Last year, I introduced a "Bring your kids to work" day across all of our global offices. We are a Company that strives to promote a good work life balance for our staff. I noticed that many parents weren't able to spend school holidays with their children due to team coverage issues. Therefore, I decided to introduce two days per year where parents are enabled to bring their children into the office to experience a day of work. Parents and children spend a shortened day in the office. Parents are able to work whilst children are allowed to take over the large training rooms and engage in a number of different activities. This gave parents a great opportunity to show their children where they work, what they do, to give their partner a break AND get involved in activities with their children.
6. Who has had the greatest influence over your career?
Prior to starting university, I had little or even no knowledge of the role of a HR professional. It was my first university lecturer of HR who completely changed my opinion. He really opened my eyes to the diversity of a HR career and passed his passion onto his students.