Meet ConnectedHR consultant Natalie DallaRiva. She is a motivated HR leader with expertise in benefits administration, recruiting, talent management and HRIS management. Her clinical training background in counseling is something she calls upon daily. Recognized for strong skills in performance management and training, Natalie is hands-on when leading a company’s workforce development. Here’s her story.
- How did you first get interested in working in Human Resources?
I started off as a Clinical Counselor working with children after receiving my Master’s degree. While incredibly meaningful work, it was also emotionally draining. I found my way through a friend of a friend, that was leaving her position at a small medical equipment company, took a chance to interview, and have continued my career in HR for the past 14 years.
2. What has surprised you most about working with Cleveland businesses?
Not a lot. Cleveland (and its businesses) are wonderful. I have worked for a few different companies internally after relocating here in 2012, so I felt I already had a pretty good grasp on the pulse. The small(er) business owners with whom I work have been incredibly open and inviting.
3 .What do you find most challenging about the HR field?
Keeping up with all of the different laws/changes. Terminations or RIFs are always especially challenging.
4. What’s the best thing to happen since you started working with CHR?
The tremendous flexibility.
5. What do you wish other people knew about their HR department?
The many directions in which HR professionals get pulled and the tremendous value they can add when used properly.
6. What would you say are some of your strongest beliefs about how HR supports a business?
HR helps support/define/rollout business initiatives across the organization. HR cannot do it alone and needs support from the owners/partners of the organization. We are involved in onboarding, offboarding, and retention. We support the most important part of the business―the people.
- Tell me about what influenced your decision to work in HR.
People. Merging my clinical training in counseling with the people aspect of a business.
8. What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I like to knit. I am an avid listener of true crime podcasts. Cake (or chips and salsa) are probably my favorite foods.
9. What would you tell someone who is thinking about hiring CHR?
Be comfortable with change. Be flexible. Get ready to learn a whole lot and meet some awesome people. Find your way to stay organized across multiple clients quickly. It’s awesome and a very rewarding experience.
10. As a consultant, what sorts of HR trends do you see?
I see companies wanting to become more flexible in terms of scheduling/employee work schedules. Offering better benefits. PTO options. Finding the right talent. Manufacturing struggling to find machine operators for the pay they used to offer (and was acceptable/affordable for the company) Automation.
11. What do you do when you aren’t working?
Spend time with my family. Workout. Catch up on my DVR. Kids’ sports.
- What prompted you to want to work at ConnectedHR almost 2 years ago?
I came to CHR because I was looking for a change, personal growth in my career, and
a better work/life flexibility.