A big hello and welcome!
My name is Natalie and I am a thirty-something HR professional with over 12 years experience and I work as a HR Consultant and HR blogger.
I have a French Bulldog called Bron and I live in Northamptonshire, UK, I eat far too much chocolate, I am also a huge fan of the Spice Girls, practice Hygge and Yoga and enjoy being outdoors!
I am fortunate to have a successful career and some of my achievements include being a finalist at the CIPD 2012 People Management Awards in the Michael Kelly Student of the year category in which I was named highly commended runner up. I am also on the CIPD Northamptonshire committee and as another string to my bow, I am a CIPD Steps Ahead Ambassador.
I’m blogging to show that life in HR is not all about tea, biscuits and cosy conversations, it is much more strategic than people think and the profession certainly presents its challenges which is what makes it exciting.
I have always been passionate about working from a young age and despite succeeding at school, I decided against attending university in favour of the working world. I started working at 16 in a department store to fund my A-Level qualifications in business.
I started my career working in customer service roles, which was invaluable as it has seamlessly transferred into my HR career. I knew that I wanted to help businesses on a much wider scale so I chose my career in HR as I was (and still am) always looking at ways that I can contribute to organisations whilst supporting employees along the way.
My passion for business and people is something is something that comes naturally and I hope this comes across to my readers and I look forward to sharing my journey with you all.