HR Maverick

Trevor Nelson, DTM, PHR, SHRM-CP

With a personalized license plate that literally reads “HRGUY”, I’m pretty passionate about the field of work that I’ve chose to indulge in! I have found Human Resources to be a very enjoyable career! With HR, I have had exposure to various disciplines, such as: Recruiting, Worker’s Compensation, Learning and Development, Benefits, Associate Relations, etc. Being a well-rounded Generalist has given me the ability to widen and deepen my knowledge and expertise in the HR field. I’ve also had the opportunity to work in various industries, including: Restaurant and Entertainment, Call Center, Retail, Non-Profit, Transportation, Printing Services, and Defense/Aerospace. Continual progress and development keeps me going! Inside and outside of work, I love and appreciate opportunities to learn and serve. Whether it be my children’s school, Toastmasters International, Sigma Phi Epsilon, or other community groups, I find different ways to stretch and grow personally and professionally. I currently lead a small HR team that serves upwards of 700-800 associates. We continue to look for ways to add value for our Operations partners, while still being great advocates for the associates, and keeping an engaged and dedicated workforce.

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

Some advice to give to someone starting out in the HR field is to remember to take care of yourself, while taking care of others. HR professionals can tend to spend a lot of time focusing on others, that they forget to give some focus back to themselves!

Workplace Culture

What happens in a company or between employees when others aren’t looking? What feelings or emotions do people get when a company’s name is mentioned? What happens behind closed doors at a company? Many similar questions can be asked that may seem mysterious and secretive when it comes to the inner workings of a company. However, if a company has a great workplace culture, these types of questions should not only be easily answerable, they should be on full display and totally recognizable.

Employee Experience

Are employees leaving your company at an alarming rate? Can you tell that employees are more disengaged and just don’t have the passion for their work that they used to? Are you wanting to bring engagement and excitement back into the workplace? Taking a look at the overall employee experience is a good place to start. High turnover or high employee dissatisfaction are just a few signs that the employee experience is broken or missing something and, if not fixed, could be a path down a slippery slope for a company.

Mentoring

As an HR professional, are you looking for something to increase employee productivity, boost profits or even increase employee retention? If so, implementing an employee mentoring program could be the solution that you are looking for.
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