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Each month we talk to a pair who have
participated in the AHRI mentoring program.
MENTOR: VILMA FAORO
CURRENT JOB TITLE: SENIOR BUSINESS
CONSULTANT AT WOODSIDE ENERGY PTY
MENTEE: MELISSA LATHAM
CURRENT JOB TITLE: HR COORDINATOR
AT GCO ELECTRICAL
Q. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO
BECOME A MENTOR?
Last year was my first time as
a mentor. I wanted to connect
with other HR professionals
in a real and meaningful way,
and also to hopefully use my
experience and background as a
way to help others succeed.
Q. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM MELISSA?
I've learnt that every company and HR role is different. Very
often the industry and the maturity of the business defines
how effectively an HR function will operate, and also how the
business perceives it.
Melissa's company was at the start of this journey, with the
focus on determining what was most critical and what would
add the most value. It's then about creating a solid foundation
and deciding on an implementation and integration strategy
that will make sense to the business, ensuring the right level
of engagement. It was also great to see the passion and
enthusiasm that Melissa brought to the table.
Q. WHAT DO YOU HOPE MELISSA HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM THE
I hope that I was able to help Melissa understand the importance
of focusing on the business needs and supporting these
outcomes first. HR is an enabler to the business; it shouldn't exist
on its own. The more you understand the business's priorities,
goals and issues, the better you will be positioned to create a
long-term and sustainable partnership with the business and the
more successful the HR function will be. In small business, the
business needs to see HR as a partner that will improve its day-
to-day outcomes, not something that's going to make life harder.
Q. WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MENTEES TO
GET THE MOST OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE?
Learning is a two-way street. You get out of it what you are
prepared to put in. With such diversity in today's workplaces,
a lot can be learned by all parties that participate in cross-
generational work partnerships, if you are open to it.
Faoro was general manager of operations at The Anywhere
Group of Companies during the mentoring.
Q. WHAT DID YOU GAIN FROM THE
Given we are both women working
in a very male-dominated industry
[construction], we were able to
openly discuss issues we faced.
We covered a lot of different facets
of HR, namely how to tackle HR
relations across various project
sites, and sometimes across very
remote distances, as both of our companies have projects
throughout regional WA.
Q. WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU'VE TAKEN
AWAY FROM THE EXPERIENCE?
That you can never have too much knowledge. Knowledge is
power and, especially in this line of work, we need to stay on top
of industry changes, which are forever evolving.
Q. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST SESSION WITH VILMA.
I was taken aback by how much motivation and outlook came
from that first session. I'm in regional WA and Vilma was in
Perth, so it was via phone. I was set a few small goals and tasks
to bring to our first face-to-face meeting, which occurred two
months later. But we first spent a good hour discussing career
progression and development, and current issues arising from
the remote locations of our project sites.
Q. HOW OFTEN DID YOU MEET AFTER THAT?
Because of the geographical distance, our relationship was
on an 'as-needed' basis. Unfortunately, we didn't get to have
any more face-to-face sessions after the first one, but we
communicated regularly by email.
Q. WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM HR JOB BE?
Ideally I'd like to be working in employment and business law.
Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A MENTEE ABOUT TO TAKE
PART IN THE PROGRAM?
It's a great opportunity to gain expert advice in areas where
you may not feel 100 per cent confident. Just to have a sounding
board and to obtain some fresh ideas made the experience
worthwhile for me. I'm looking at doing it again in the future.
"WITH SUCH DIVERSITY IN
TODAY'S WORKPLACES, A LOT CAN
BE LEARNED BY ALL PARTIES."
SENIOR BUSINESS CONSULTANT, VILMA FAORO
"I WAS TAKEN ABACK BY HOW MUCH
MOTIVATION AND OUTLOOK
CAME FROM THAT FIRST SESSION."
HR COORDINATOR AT GCO ELECTRICAL,
Whether you are a mentee
wanting to excel in your
current position or a
looking to develop your
coaching and mentoring
skills, AHRI's members-
only mentoring program
will give you valuable
insights from the sharing
of advice, knowledge
and experiences. The
next intake of the AHRI
mentoring program will
commence in March 2015
and runs for 12 months.
Applications are open for
mentors and mentees and
close 1 March 2015.
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