A #SHRM21 Interview with Christie Engler

I know what it’s like to be an HR DOO (department of one!) and champions such as Christie Engler are essential for our success. Ever had to deal with lack of technology, minimal budget and managers stuck in the past? Christie will cover it all in her #SHRM21 session, The REAL HR of Small and Midsize Business taking place on Sunday, September 12 at 9:15 a.m. PT! I hope the following information will encourage you to hear Christie speak at the conference and learn more about what she does. Be sure to connect with her and follow her on social media too!

Christie, would you tell us a bit about your role in supporting small and midsized businesses?

I have been an HR practitioner for over 15 years, primarily in the outsourcing space.  I work directly with small business owners and managers to provide all levels of HR service, from the tactical to the strategic.

What is your favorite thing about your work?

I got into HR to help make the workplace the best it can be for all employees.  I love being able to work with everyone in a small business, from the CEO to the newest employee, to make a positive impact in their environment. Watching a company grow and develop a great culture over time is extremely rewarding.

Without giving too much away, can you give us some insight into your session, The REAL HR of Small and Midsize Business?

There are many aspects of HR that are just different in a small business (as opposed to a larger organization). Nearly half the working population in the United States works for a small business; however, we don’t talk enough about HR’s unique role in those organizations.  My session is designed to ignite that conversation.  I want other small business practitioners to know they are not alone. Those attendees who are fans of The Bravo Network will really appreciate the format.

What are you looking forward to most about the #SHRM21 Annual Conference and Expo?

The last 18 months have been really tough for HR. I can’t wait to take time away to focus on professional development and to spend time with some of my favorite HR people in person!!

Any advice for first-time conference attendees?

Sit back and take it all in!  Don’t feel like you have to plan out every minute of every day – it’s OK to take breaks. The greatest takeaways will be in the connections you make – be sure to talk to at least one new person every day!

What is the best way for people to connect with you? – Twitter @Christie_Engler and on LinkedIn!

Share some fun facts about you!

I am a die-hard Ohio State Buckeyes fan and I’m very superstitious about my outfits the day before and the day of every football game. I have been obsessed with Orangetheory Fitness for the past four years and I am training for my first half marathon in October. I absolutely love fall and everything associated with the season. I typically start Christmas shopping in the summer.



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