I have worked in the Human Resources field for over 12 years. I have worked in Payroll, Training, Grievance/Policy, ACA, and Compliance. I have a Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in Human Resources and Management
How long have you worked for Aspire?
I have worked for Aspire for a little over one year.
What positions have you held with Aspire?
The only position I have held here is the one I am currently in, which is HR Compliance Specialist.
Describe your current position, including your responsibilities?
My current position is interesting and demanding. I provide administrative support to the Senior Director of Human Resources and partner with other human resource staff personnel to provide support in administering human resource programs and processes. I track, audit, and ensure staff compliance with mandatory and position-specific requirements; cross-train and backup payroll processing; am responsible for the medical staff credentialing process; complete all DCS background checks; am responsible for the development, maintenance, and security of all personnel files; provide data entry into the various HR tracking software systems; provide support and assistance to other HR positions; and, perform other HR functions and projects as assigned by the Senior HR Director.
What does a typical day as HR Compliance Specialist look like?
A typical day for me really changes from day-to-day. I usually prioritize my work on a daily basis. If there is a New Hire Orientation class, I usually process their paperwork and enter it into the system. If it is the beginning of the month I usually work on my monthly reports or assist the HR Team as needed on other projects. I am always tracking and following up on due and overdue licenses, licensures, certifications, registrations, evaluations, TB tests, etc. I actually get paid to nag, nag, nag!!!
What in your educational background and work experience prepared you for your current position?
My educational background certainly helped me to understand the strategic part of the Human Resource Department and how everything flows together as one unit. My work experience in the different areas of HR helped me learn, be creative, and think outside the box. Serving 10 years in the US Army taught me how to adapt to change as well as how to handle stressful situations and difficult people. The Army taught me how to be a leader; how to lead and teach, as well as how to follow when needed.
If you weren’t working in this field, what would you be doing?
I have always had a love for Human Resources, so I think if not this I would be working in a field that consists of helping people in some form or fashion.
What is it that drew you to the field of mental health?
I worked in the Department of Corrections for several years and had encounters with offenders that had mental health issues. I have always felt that the mental health issues or concerns were the main reason why the recidivism rate is so high in the Department of Corrections. I just love the fact that Aspire has the Social Enterprise Programs available to assist the clients in becoming self-sufficient, productive members of society.
What impact do you feel your work has had on Aspire and its clients?
I believe that I have had a positive impact on Aspire and its clients. Human Resources has frequently been known as the department that fires employees. That simply is just not true; I want to be a part of the changing trend where people will feel that they can come to the Human Resources Department for help or assistance without fear or hesitation. I am so thankful to be a part of a team and organization that is genuinely concerned about its employees.
What things do you do to help you cope with the demands of your job?
My organizational skills have always been above average. I make sure to always keep paperwork in order and have always been aware of my surroundings and what I am working on. My jobs consist of handling a lot of paper so being organized is certainly a plus. Other things I do outside of work are enjoy my family and friends. On occasions I call friends over and cook a six-course meal! I have never had a shortage of friends who are willing to bring their appetite to dinner! And, don’t be surprised if you see me roll by one weekend on my big Honda 750…now that’s a stress reliever!!
Marinette Boyd is Human Resources Compliance Specialist at Aspire Indiana. While the beliefs and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of Ms. Boyd, you can learn more about Aspire Indiana at https://www.facebook.com/AspireIndiana.