Hi, I'm Kristen.
After teaching for 3 years at a classical school in Colorado and going to grad school in England, I moved back to Kansas, switched career directions to business, and accepted a job as the secretary to the President of a medium-sized business. Little did I know that I was also doing HR--posting openings, onboarding new employees, administering benefits, doing payroll, and maintaining employee files. After two years, I asked my boss if I could formally create an HR department. He said yes and the project of really learning HR and creating an HR department began.
To prepare for the role, I created a study group and studied for six months in order to become certified (PHR) which helped me understand the breadth, laws, and foundations of HR. I joined SHRM, volunteered on a board, and attended as many trainings and seminars as possible. While teaching myself the profession, I was also creating projects and implementing them at work. Some worked and some didn't, but I learned a lot.
A few years later my role changed into the VP of HR and Facilities, where I was asked to start another new department at the company--Facilities.
I understand what it feels like to be bombarded with challenges, and not yet know the answers. I know what it feels like to teach yourself HR. I know what it feels like when an employee comes to your office with a complaint, and you don't how to respond. I know the challenges of managing employees and managing a team. I know. I've been there.
I know that you share in some of these struggles, too, and I want to help you. I want your road to be easier than mine, and I want you to grow your career and yourself as fast as you possibly can.
My goal is to develop tools that will take you where you want to be...faster. You owe it to your organization, the profession, and yourself.