Kellie Grant ? running her way to the top!
She trained and kept her eye on the goal. It buoyed her enthusiasm on good days and helped her make it to the oval on others. The Marathon date came and went: Kellie topped off that evening with a massage to reward her focus and commitment: she had crossed the 42.2km finish line in PB time. It is this same focus and commitment that enables Kellie to serve INS in her role as Senior HR Adviser and sees her nominated AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Practitioner 2013.
Kellie was pursued to join INS on its inception, due to the known calibre of her work with Rail Infrastructure Corporation (RIC), where she held the position of HR Coordinator. Kellie joined RIC at its most crucial time and was salient to the successful closure of RIC metropolitan and regional centres; the successful career transition of over 3000 excess employees; and the processing of over $272M in employee termination entitlements helping them to launch into new careers or kickstart their small business or retirement. It was a role that would be life changing for innumerable people and, especially for Kellie, due to the platform on which it was based. It not only enabled her to demonstrate and develop the HR capabilities which she cultivated further at Macquarie University and Sodexo; but provided the foundation for her current principal role.
As Senior HR Advisor, Kellie?s responsibilities are both deep and wide. INS Career Management manages excess employees from 12 NSW Public Service agencies with varying policy requirements and Kellie?s informed conversations contribute to enhanced quality of life for many impacted by State changes to employment. The role requires the integration of formidable cognitive capability, along with well-developed EQ. Kellie?s personable approach and professionalism combine empathy and healthy objectivity ? an approach that balances people and practice to promote win-win outcomes. As a world traveller and one time tour guide throughout Europe, Kellie understands that a bigger picture is the backdrop against which each employees? individual situation is evaluated before the VR or redeployment decision is finalised.
Increasingly, Kellie is sought by NSW Departments to brief their employees during restructures prior to INS referral as excess employees. Kellie?s calm confidence, vivacity and clearly demonstrated subject matter knowledge prove comforting to those whose levels of uncertainly are invariably reduced on completion of her presentations. Career Transition is not always welcome. However, this does not mean one will escape the experience. For the willing, Kellie is the ?go to? person for all HR transactional matters. For the unwilling ? those unwittingly excess ? Kellie is this and so much more: her warm, practical style helps them to transform feelings akin to ?running on empty? to believing that, they too, may still be born to run![/wpcol_3quarter_end]
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Symone Catalano ? Heart on legs
If you were to look up ?how to be a good receptionist? you would get a list that includes the following: Be Courteous, Have a Positive Attitude, Keep Busy, Direct your Attention to Everyone who walks into the office, Greet everyone with a smile etc? Symone Catalano epitomises this role. There is no job too great or too small for her.
From the second Symone steps into the office till the moment she leaves and every moment in between, she has a smile on her face? and you can?t help but smile back!
Symone has been an Executive Assistant to a range of senior people including a pharmaceutical CEO. When Symone had her children (of which she has 3) she worked part time for a while and then made the choice to put all her energy in her family. When they got older she took a job at Woolworths at Pemulwuy (Greystanes) as a ?checkout chick? ? despite having joined the firm through an office role. Service is in Symone’s blood and she was the best damn checkout chick you have ever seen. She looked after all their fund raising, was the person they gave all the difficult customers too and still some 18 months after leaving is unable to just duck into the store without it taking an hour to get out by the time all her past colleagues have a chat with of her.
She is the rock for many of her friends and the one they call in a crisis. Firm and loving, quick to cry and even quicker to laugh.
Symone has been at INS since its inception. From day one she has been helping out, initially taking annual leave from her job at that time to help with organising our set-up. At that point it was decided that she should be involved permanently, and from that point onwards she has been with us every step of the way.
Frequently, first-time visitors to level 6 make comments to INS staff on how lovely and friendly INS is. This of course, always garners agreement from their INS host, followed by a knowing smile ? unwittingly the visitor has just succumbed to something INS staff refer to as ?SCT?? the Symone Catalano Tonic – an extremely addictive stimulant! For those that realise the root cause, they?re often seen dosing up the sunshine at level 6 reception desk!
Symone says ?Working at INS has been the beginning of doing something just for me ? my second family?. We say Symone may be a good reason to support cloning – if we could clone her, INS would be all set when it comes to that first touch.[/wpcol_3quarter_end]