At Clir Renewables, we’re committed to creating a workplace culture where our core values drive all that we do. This means ensuring that everyone feels valued, heard and included — and Human Resources is integral in making that happen.
To celebrate International HR Day, we wanted to introduce you to our People and Culture team who work hard every day to support our global community of Cleantech professionals.
Why did you choose a career in HR?
Janice (Global People & Culture Manager): I have always enjoyed interacting with and helping people, which led me to pursue a career in HR. I find it fascinating to get to know people, hear their stories, and learn how I can best support them on their journey.
Rachael (People & Culture Specialist): I chose HR because I enjoy having the opportunity to support and get to know all people throughout the organization. I also love the variety of work involved in HR and how no two days are the same.
Katie (People & Culture Administrator): I grew up constantly surrounded by family: my mom is one of seven and my dad is one of six. Meeting new people, making connections and finding ways to help people be their best selves have always been so rewarding to me and I believe HR encompasses all of that. I'm still finding out what in the HR field I love the most, but as of right now, the amazing people I have met and those I work with are the best part!
What is one thing that was surprising about the field?
Janice: I continue to be surprised at how much depth and breadth of knowledge HR requires. You really do need to know a lot to excel in this field of work — but it’s so rewarding!
Rachael: I was surprised by how the field is always evolving. There are always new topics to learn and changes to be aware of. It’s a very dynamic field and that’s part of what makes it so exciting!
Katie: How much there is to constantly learn. This goes for most of the workforce now as we transition and evolve with the pandemic. Since life's only constant is change there is no choice but to change with it.
What inspires you to show up to work?
Janice: I’m inspired every day by the ability to create better places to work. I believe people should enjoy going to work and I think HR can make this a reality in our modern organizations. I’m keen to put the ‘human’ into human resources, one human interaction at a time.
Rachael: I am most inspired by the positive change that we are able to make in people’s experience at work. I enjoy being someone that people are able to approach about anything and everything.
Katie: Watching my mom work so hard my whole life to build her company from the ground up inspired me to reach outside my comfort zone and question the norm during my work. She has always been such an inspiration to me and I hope to accomplish all that she's always believed I could.
What is one misconception about HR?
Janice: That HR is the policy police. I learned from an amazing mentor early in my career that you can maintain compliance and equity while also considering the needs of each individual, and by saying yes more than you say no.
Rachael: That HR is only here to enforce policies and procedures. There is so much more to what we do! It is possible to balance ensuring we have all the required policies and procedures, with creating a positive work environment and supporting the team.
Katie: That HR is strictly analog and structural. In fact, HR is very robust, complex and intersectional. HR is a vital part of any business and, in the past, has been overlooked or undermined in business.
What quote inspires the way you work?
Janice: One quote I live by in my approach to my work, leading my team and supporting the organization through policy and process is “We are human beings, not human doings!”
Rachael: “Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” I love this quote because I think it captures how important it is to create a supportive workplace where people feel valued.
Katie: “Hire character. Train skill.” – Peter Schutz. Culture fit is so important when looking for the right candidate. Technical skills can always be learned, but passion and purpose are hard to change.
Interested in joining our team and working alongside these inspiring employees? Stay tuned to our career postings.