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Chris Gyetvay CPHR
What is your favourite book
or movie and why?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, because
there’s a line in it I love. “ Life moves
pretty fast. If you don’t stop and take
a look around once in a while, you
could miss it.”
Where is your favourite
destination and why?
Camping or going to the beach
at Caloundra on the coast of
Queensland with the kids.
Anywhere off the beaten track.
Registered psychologist and assistant
commissioner HR at the ATO, Chris
Gyetvay brings a holistic perspective
to a wide-ranging HR career.
Find out how you can achieve HR certification.
How does your background in
psychology influence your work?
One element of psychology that lends itself
well to human resources is thinking about
the organisation as a system with lots of
interdependencies, particularly when looking at
interventions to bring about change.
When you’ve diagnosed a problem, it’s about
choosing research or evidence-driven solutions,
not just taking on the latest fad. We need to be
asking, “What do we actually know about the
impact of linking a solution to this problem
based on what we understand about our
What is a career challenge that you
have learnt from?
Moving from a management position to a senior
executive role. You go from being a technical
expert in something, to having to broaden
your knowledge base and think about things
completely differently. Learning to let go of
the detail and trust that others can and will
put that detail together can be one of the
What has been the biggest highlight of
your career so far?
There have been many, but one of the biggest
was the decision to go part-time for a three-year
period to look after my kids when they were young.
It was fantastic for me as a career shift and I got
so much joy from being with my kids at the time it
What advice can you give others from
your experience in downsizing the ATO
We took the chance to process map the change from
the very start so that we could stay two or three
steps ahead. It’s important that you are doing things
in accordance with the law – but you’ve got to keep
people engaged at the same time. From the beginning
we linked the process to our organisational cultural
traits and to our company values in order to find out
what was going to be critical for the business to keep
and what we had to let go of.
What do you think about AHRI’s drive to
professionalise HR through certification?
I think it’s a wonderful thing. The move to
professional certification helps us achieve consistency
and quality, and it gives an assurance to our clients
that there’s a level of professionalism that sits behind
our advice. •••
to hire a person
Lower staff turnover rate
A person with a vision impairment
is more likely to show loyalty to
an employer, giving you a lower
turnover rate and a lower overall
cost of employment.
Due to the access challenges they
face every day, people with vision
impairment tend to be great
problem-solvers, flexible and
Less workplace incidents
People with a disability are far less
likely to have an accident at work
than their peers.
More days at work
People with a disability have lower
levels of absenteeism and use less
sick leave than their colleagues.
Diversity = good business
A more diverse workforce will
effectiveness. It will lift morale and
enhance productivity. In short,
diversity is good for business.
An untapped workforce
You are looking to recruit a new
employee for your business, but what if an
applicant is blind or vision impaired?
Understandably, you may initially question
how they can possibly do the job that you
advertised for – how would they read emails
or find their way to work?
You may also think, “What about
the extra costs and the changes
that I will have to make to my
To alleviate your concerns,
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has
developed a handy guide to
highlight the benefits of employing
someone who is blind or vision impaired,
and provide solutions to common concerns.
These job-seekers are loyal, great
problem-solvers and can provide an
inspiration to your workforce.
All they need is an opportunity!
To download our free Employers’ guide for hiring
people who are blind or vision impaired please
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