So Hannah, tell us a little bit about your background and why you’re working at Gränges?
Gränges has always been a part of my life, whether I knew it or not. Growing up in rural Huntingdon, TN; Gränges has made a huge impact on our community, contributing several jobs to our locals. In fact, most of my friends, while growing up, had parents who worked at the plant.
In 2017, I graduated from Freed-Hardeman University with a BA in Human Resources and set out to start a career in the field. I worked in Human Resources throughout college as an intern and loved every minute of it. So, when I heard there was an opening in my hometown at Gränges, I just knew I had to apply.
Having the opportunity to work in the Human Resource department has been everything I could ever dream of. Human Resources Assistant is more than a job title, it’s a way of life for me. I love being able to work side-by-side with employees to help them figure out problems and to positively impact their day. Being able to be a part of a company that has such a positive influence on our community has truly been an amazing part of my job.
What does a Human Resources Assistant do? What’s your scope/objective?
Human Resources Assistants collaborate with the Human Resources Manager in completion of administrative tasks such as: managing incoming job applications, scheduling interviews, and assisting employees with any questions they might have. Human Resources Assistants also take part in recruitment, retention, community awareness, training and development activities.
The job demands an advanced skill set, such as: conflict management and decision-making skills, maintaining employee relationships, problem-solving, being precise, and efficient in scheduling. My objective is to utilize my knowledge in Human Resources with communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills in such ways that benefit the company overall.
What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
My typical day is never the same. Some days, I can be in meetings all day, and others, I can have a line out the door of employees who need help. Every single day is an adventure to the next. It is never dull and always exhilarating. Every day, I work on status change forms for employees changing jobs, pay rates, and departments. This is essential to ensure employees are getting paid at the correct rate. During recruitment periods, you will find me reviewing applications and scheduling interviews, searching for the best talent to bring in. Making sure we find great employees for Gränges can be an extensive process, but the outcome is highly rewarding when done right.
Training and safety are a big part of my day as well. Between monthly safety meetings, behavioral audits, and my own personal audits I get the opportunity to learn more about the operations, while also having the ability to develop lasting relationships with employees. My typical day can be summed up by many as hectic, but to me it is simply rewarding. I am very thankful for each new day, and the people I get to create new relationships with.
What do you like most about your job? What’s the best with working at Gränges?
What I love most about my job is the people. Working in Human Resources has privileged me by allowing me to work alongside some amazing people. I am a very personable person, so I love creating lasting relationships with the employees here at Gränges. When these relationships are created with my coworkers, I can earn their trust, letting them know that I will always have their best interest in mind.