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NATALIE WELSH CPHR
Natalie Welsh is based in Seymour, Victoria,
where she is the learning and development
manager for Godolphin, a global racehorse
organisation. She says during her career HR has
gone through a lot of positive change.
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Ever y month we profile an HR professional to
find out how they got where they are and what
lessons they learned along the way.
How did you get into HR?
My start in HR came through people
management. In my career, up until that point,
I always had a people focus in any of the
positions I held. So HR was absolutely a natural
progression for me.
What’s it like to work for a company
that breeds racehorses?
We have a unique work environment. We are
defined by distance and space, and we’re spread
across seven sites and a total of 6500 acres.
Our employees have lots of different skills and
experience, ranging from mechanics to farmers
and vet nurses to veterinarians. It’s quite a
diverse employee group and it’s an amazing
opportunity for me to work with them.
But with all that comes the need to be flexible
about my work hours, because some employees
start working as early as four o’clock in the
morning to exercise, feed and groom all of the
horses. On top of that, it is not u nusual for me
to be training people early in the morning or
late at night.
What lesson from your career still rings
I think the biggest lesson I learned is to partner
with people and influence positive change, as
opposed to pushing for something to happen.
It’s about getting to that sweet spot as far as
being in a position where we’re able to have a
good, collaborative work relationship while also
identifying the needs of the business – it’s not a
What do you love about development
The best part is having the opportunity and the
capacity to influence positive change and craft
what that needs to look like; how we’re actually
going to get there, and then implementing it.
That is the most rewarding thing.
Do you actually like horseracing?
Working with horses can be an occupational
hazard, but it’s a part of the job. I had an
interest in it beforehand, so working for
Godolphin is my ideal job.
What advice would you offer to an HR
You’ve got to work with people and try to
enable them to come along on the journey with
you, as opposed to making them work with
you. The HR space is starting to change. We’re
moving towards being more of a partner of the
business – we’ve got a seat at the table now.
Why did you decide to get certified?
HR is changing so much, as it should be. And
that means the relationship between HR and
the business is moving towards a partnership
sort of model that is gaining traction around
building capacity and performance. To me,
that’s everything that certification stands
for. Certification raises the bar both from an
ex ternal and internal perspective.
It has also helped me stay on track and ensure
that I have got balance in my behaviours, skills,
knowledge and role as an H R professional. •••
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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