As an HR Specialist, I work in a centralized function, supporting employees across the U.S. On a daily basis, I help employees make benefits decisions or problem-solve their benefits-related issues. One of the big programs that I run is called “Healthy Heraeus”, which encompasses our full package of wellness initiatives. That includes everything from bio-metric screenings and health assessments to sleep studies, weight loss programs and supplying teams with a Nutri-bullet so that they can make healthy smoothies at work.
My role at Heraeus enables me to make a difference for all of our employees, both professionally and personally. For example, an employee was in the process of adopting a child, and I worked with them to make sure the new child’s benefits were set up, and the required paperwork was completed. Afterwards, I got a card with a picture of the baby and this reminded me that in HR, we touch people’s lives.
In my personal life, I am really driven by volunteering and helping others, and I like knowing that I can bring that side of myself to my job. Being part of a newly centralized function, there are still some things we are learning as we navigate the new structure, but as a support function, we now have the ability to create a consistent HR experience across the organization. This also allows our site HR to be as effective as possible. I have a great team, I work for a great company and I know that across Heraeus, we’re all in this together.