• Developing Employees,  Food Industry

    Developing People Takes A Deliberate Guide

    Not so long ago, I had someone whom I considered to be a young lady with a bright future as a machine operator pull me to the side. I could clearly see that she was upset. I asked her what was wrong. She said “I don’t think I can make it. I don’t think I am good enough to make it as a machine operator.” I was shocked. I didn’t let her see that. Instead, I started thinking back as to where I had been. Consequently, I decided to share what happened to me many many years ago. “Let me tell you what happened to me many moons ago. I…

  • Carnivores/Vets in Transition,  Food Industry

    Meet Transitioning Veteran: Sam Barrett

    Meet Sam Sam Barrett is a 20 year Coast Guard Veteran currently working for the Veterans Affairs (VA) in East Orange, NJ. Meet Sam: LinkedIn Veteran Background Sam is a veteran from the U.S. Coast Guard, and he used to serve as a Food Service Specialist/Food Service Officer. He used to be an administrator of a large facility planning and conducts training; preparing schedules; disseminating nutritional information; and provides oversight of contracts. He also developed and implements policies and procedures to attain organizational goals.  He proudly oversaw the production of 10,500 meals monthly and purchased food items in excess of 600,000 pounds annually. He was what I would consider a professional in…

  • #VetsInFood
    Careers in Food,  Food Industry,  Veterans in Food,  Why HR?

    Veterans in Food: Chef Andre Rush

    Meet Chef Rush It was a great honor interviewing renowned White House Chef, Andre Rush. He is a well known chef not just known for his out of this world cuisine but also his passion for veterans. He uses a very unique technique of pushing a healthy lifestyle for everyone. It was a pleasure speaking to him. Meet Chef Rush: LinkedIn Veteran Background Chef Rush joined the Army’s quatermaster branch back when the mos food service specialist was 94B. He started his culinary career in the army as a line cook. He mentioned that back then he cooked everything from beginning to end from fresh breads to delicious pastries. Back…

  • Leadership & Motivation in Food,  SHRM,  Why HR?

    2019 New Year’s Resolution: Embrace My Inner Weird

    New Year’s Resolution Embrace My Inner Weird “Can someone in all honestly answer: who are you? What are you all about? I think that’s a tough question to answer. No matter who you are” C.A. Clark Sr. HR Generalist What Is Different or Weird? But before we can define what I mean by different, we must think about the typical every day stuff that you perceive about people.  Such as the things that you can see like the color of someone’s hair, their gender, their skin color, the clothes they are wearing or even the way they smell.  I would like to take this time to dive a little bit…

  • Food Reviews

    Truths from a Foodie: The Egg & I

    Because I work in food manufacturing I have been exposed to HACCP, food safety, flavor, food temperatures, ingredients, shelf life, customer service, USDA & the FDA.  I have also had the blessing of traveling all over the world and I can tell you from experience the ingredients, the temperature, the price and the customer service is the difference between a great experience and a bad one.  Because my husband is also a great cook, one of our favorite hobbies is to try and review restaurants. Today, I would like to tell you about my experience at First Watch that bought out my favorite breakfast place the Egg & I.  My…

  • #SHRM #SHRM18 #SHRM19 #HR #HRTRIBE
    Leadership & Motivation in Food

    Women are Strong Leaders!

    This weekend I decided to have one of those weekends filled with relaxing and fun chill activities.  This means it would be a movie filled weekend focusing on strong women. Why? Because when I was looking for a movie the first suggestion was the Stepford Wives.  I don’t really like to make too many decisions on Saturday’s and Sunday’s specially when I am always making decisions at work.  I truly like to let my mind take a break.  I know that this movie is cheesy and very unreal, but it was cool. So don’t judge me and read on!  If you never had the delight to watch the movie then…

  • Leadership & Motivation in Food,  Social Gravity in HR

    If It’s Broken Help Them Fix It

    Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor statistics the average worker will have 10 completely different jobs by the time they are forty? I hate to admit it, but I fall right in to that category. I have been an assistant network administrator, a web designer, a medical equipment supply sales rep, a teller, a new accounts rep, a Sr loan processor, a helicopter mechanic, a maintenance supervisor, a supply rep, an HR manager, a recruiter, a talent acquisition manager, and now a Sr. HR Generalist. Wow, I have held 13 different jobs in the past 17 years. Let’s just say I started very young and there…

  • Leadership & Motivation in Food,  Social Gravity in HR

    The Power of Social Gravity in HR

    If you were to ask anyone to describe me I am sure they would say “Cici is outgoing and energetic.” Even as a young professional, I always made an effort to get to know people. This need to get to know people has helped me immensely because it has allowed me to use my network to get myself and my company out of trouble. Why? Because people are more willing to help you when you are nice! That is a fact. In HR, this ability to build and keep relationships is crucial. Luckily for me, I am a natural. Let me tell you a story About a time that this…

  • Retention

    Want to Keep Your People? Then Protect What they Care About!

    When I was playing with the idea to make a move, I sat down and asked myself what is important to me? As I sat down, my little girl came up to me and said “Mommy, I am hungry and I want a snack!” That’s when it hit me! This little girl means the world to me. I made up my mind at that moment: My move will be based upon what is best for my family. I have Onboarded a couple hundred new employees and the question that I love to ask is what motivates you to come to work every day? The answers are always around: Family, Money…

  • Leadership & Motivation in Food

    Always Have a Positive Employee Engagement Attitude

    The morning is the most important part of your day. Why? Because that sets the mood for the rest of your day. The first thing that I do after I get up is go to the gym and spend at least 10 min on the bike making small daily goals. These goals help me stay productive and accomplish my long term goals. In a manufacturing environment where everyone is going a million miles per hour it is so easy to get swept away by the current. Don’t let that happen and anchor yourself to your priorities and reach those daily goals! Trust me, it will make a world of difference.…