Today’s podcast is part of a series on the Workology Podcast focused on the role and responsibilities of the Chief Human Resources Officer, or CHRO. The CHRO is an executive or C-level role that deals with managing human resources, as well as with organizational development and implementing policies of change to improve the overall efficiency of the company. The CHRO Podcast series on Workology is powered by HUB International. One of the reasons I wanted to do this series is because there is a lot of mystery around the CHRO role. I want aspiring CHRO’s to know what type of skills and experiences they need to promote into a future CHRO role along with hearing from senior HR leadership how they are partnering and collaborating with their executive peers.
How do CHRO’s help keep the “human” in human resources? How do we interact with our workforce in a meaningful way? How do we renew our passion for the work? In this interview I dive into the subject of being a new CHRO and returning to the workforce after a hiatus, plus why getting on Great Place to Work lists can benefit companies and employees. I talked with Michelle Mitchell, Chief Human Resources Officer at Aryaka Networks. Michelle has two decades of HR experience, but her CHRO role at Aryaka is a new one and we’ll talk about her first 90 days on the job and what she’s been focused on.
Michelle started her new role as CHRO at Aryaka after taking a year-long hiatus from her career to focus on her family. I asked Michelle about her time off and what returning to the workforce was like, especially considering that it was during a global pandemic. “I’ve always juggled work life balance with my three kids and my career, and I’ve been successful and progressed quickly in my career. That year off, I think, renewed my passion and enthusiasm for human resources. It really brought me home to where I wanted to land and focus my opportunities on and my career, collaborating with people to bring on change and help them be successful.”
As far as hitting the ground running during a global health crisis, Michelle said “we were really lucky here at Aryaka. We have a lot of resources already in place, but we weren’t leveraging them. So we’ve been really making sure that we communicate, put out information, make sure our hotlines are open, and ensuring that not only the employees, but their families feel empowered to help themselves or anyone…