For as long as I can remember, I have always possessed a curiosity about what motivates people to do what they do.
Fast forward many years and I continue to ask these same questions and I am driven to create workplaces where each team member can find meaning in their work and they understand how their role fits into the organization as a whole. Throughout my career, I have been keeping employees engaged – with the organization’s vision and with their own personal goals – long before “employee engagement” became the buzzword. And I have been achieved this through leading edge HR practices.
After my many years of working within organizations as an HR leader, I recognized that there are many businesses and organizations facing the same staffing, policy, and engagement issues who don’t have any HR expertise to help them resolve their challenges, and they were suffering the consequences. Without this HR expertise and strategic thinking, it was clear that these organizations risked losing valuable employees, and wasting time, money, and energy navigating the complex world of HR standards and policy.
So, I decided to apply my passion for creating engaged workplaces in organizations that did not have access to full-time HR leadership. I launched Engaged HR in 2011 in order to offer my knowledge and expertise as a human resource management consultant specifically to non-profit organizations and to small and medium sized businesses.
I believe that when you are clear about what you need, hire the right people, define their roles and responsibilities, offer systems and guidelines to understand and place meaning on their work, and employ the right incentives and training to motivate, you create an engaged workplace.
This is what Engaged HR is all about. Engaged.People.Work.
“I will always remember this moment. I was about 17 years old and I was attending a minor league hockey game at the Winnipeg Arena with my friends. The arena had about 15,000 seats but very few were taken as it was only a minor league game! As we were taking our seats, I couldn’t help but notice that every single arena seat had a yellow piece of paper on it. It was an advertisement of some sort – I don’t remember what they were advertising – but I do remember thinking: Who did this? Whose job was it to put one of these flyers on every single seat? What would motivate someone to do such a meaningless task? It was at that point that I started to consider Human Resources as my future career choice.”