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Helios HR Business Partner Spotlight: Amy Gulati, GPHR & SPHR

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What it's like to be a consultant at Helios HRAt Helios, we work together to help enlightened leaders to build cultures of intention that attract, engage and retain exceptional teams. We are fortunate to have experienced steady growth and are in the position to hire more dynamic Human Resource Business Partners to join our team. I recently had the opportunity to speak with highly regarded, Helios HR Business Partner, Amy Gulati, GPHR, SPHR & SPHR-CA, to learn more about her HR journey and her experience as a consultant. If you’re interested in learning what it’s like to join our team, read below for a peek into the life as a consultant at Helios.

Keebie: Tell me about a typical day in your life as a Helios HR Business Partner Consultant:

Amy:  No two days are the same; from week to week I am going to multiple clients.  My retained clients are visited on regular basis and I typically have my own office space and regular responsibilities.  Other days, when I am not working with my retained clients, my day is less structured so it is up to me to manage my own schedule of when and where to get the project work done.  The key is to have flexibility based on the clients’ needs along with proper planning.  In consulting, my motto is “don’t put off what you can do today for tomorrow because you never know what tomorrow will bring.”

Keebie: What areas of HR have you been responsible for throughout your career? 

Amy:  I have really done it all; recruiting, onboarding, payroll, benefits administration, heavy employment relations, employment law, and theoretical labor and relations.  I am a true generalist and I know a little about everything, and if there is something new, I can figure it out.

Keebie: What do you think are the most important roles of the HR department in relation to employees in an organization?

Amy:  I operate from the assumption that transactional matters like benefits and payroll you need to have down so that you can really focus on the development aspect.  Focusing on what employees have, what employees need, how you can get them there, employee relations, providing internal training and how you are managing performance, and the development and the growth piece are all really critical. Some HR departments don’t have the time or don’t want to manage that process because they view it as a line manager task, but if the line managers lack the skills or organizational objectives, it is imperative that HR take an active role.

Keebie: What motivates you as an HR Consultant?

Amy:  In a consulting environment, there is always something new to learn as a different client or project is continuously around the bend and that is something that I thrive on.

Keebie: What advice would you give to someone looking to become an HR Consultant?

Amy:  As a consultant, the most important attribute to have is initiative. If you do not naturally have it, it is hard to cultivate and no amount of training will help you understand business and operations.  Look at consulting as an opportunity to really be cross functional, and an opportunity to apply what you know really quickly.

Does this sound like an opportunity you would like to further explore? Continue reading more about the culture at Helios and review the position description of an HR Business Partner at Helios, and apply today!