HR Mavericks

HR Maverick

Carrie Ray

Carrie Ray

Carrie has a passion for helping people. Most of her experience has been in the non-profit sector, where she finds the perfect marriage of being able to help people and feel like she's not just earning a paycheck, but she's contributing to something more than just herself. When she isn't at work, she loves to unwind by watching Golden Girls reruns at night and cross stitching.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

For anyone just starting in HR, it can feel overwhelming trying to remember all the rules and regulations. Take a deep breath, and don't be afraid to ask questions. It's more important to take your time and get things right than to rush through tasks only to have to go back and redo them. Eliminate the rework, and do it well the first time. People will appreciate that more than it being done super fast. Oh, and remember, depending on your role you may be dealing with employees who are having a really rough day (especially if you're terminating them!), and it's important to remember that most of the time they're mad at the situation and not at you, so try not to take things personally!