How would you sum up HR professionals in two words?
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
‘Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution’ – Stephen Covey.
What are some of the biggest challenges that HR deals with?
One of our constant challenges is retention
and talent development; it feels like this is a challenge that’s always going to be on our agenda! I think we need to be focussing deeply on talent management and development and the links to strategic workforce planning. What are the roles that your future organisation will need and how are you leveraging your talent and building towards these capabilities now?
How do you see the role of HR changing in the future?
We need to continue to ensure that our HR agenda is closely intertwined with the business strategy; our work needs to solve business problems and add real value to the organisation. I think that we’ll continue to be the champions of the employee experience, the talent and culture gurus and we have to be value creators – meaning, we need to show how our work links to the business results and strategy.
What’s your favoured style of coffee?
Since attending a health retreat last year I have switched to decaf, which is very against the grain for an ex-coffee addict... but it’s been working for me.
If you could invite three people to dinner, dead or alive and excluding family and friends, who would that be and why?
Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People
had a huge impact on my personal effectiveness and ‘what I tell myself about myself’.
Sheryl Sandberg – Like a lot of your readers, I’ve read Lean In
and I greatly value Sandberg’s contribution to the gender equality debate. I’d particularly like to chat with her about how we impact the ‘system’ while simultaneously encouraging women to ‘lean in’.
Hillary Clinton – What an inspiring leader who has had an incredibly diverse career and with potentially a Presidency still ahead of her; who wouldn’t want her at their dinner table!
Complete this sentence: If I wasn’t in HR I’d be…
Trying my hand at leading a not for profit business. I recently joined the Board at Family Access Network
and I’m enjoying contributing professionally to their agenda while developing my social justice experience.
Kelly Rafferty is HR Operations Lead, Human Resources for Telstra Retail.