There were not many typical days - that is what made it exciting. Days depended on many different aspects from changes in federal requirements, winning a bid and hiring 50 new employees, preparing, updating and publishing policies and procedures. I was also responsible for benefits, workers compensation cases and employee relations. My days were always and interesting and challenging.
Management encouraged employees to be a team. We had outings once a month, in addition to an annual company picnic, tickets to Jones Beach and a Christmas Party. Games were played at the parties and a good time was had by all.
Coming from a legal background, I learned the construction industry from the ground up. When I started we only had 4 office workers. We all did many tasks but always worked together as a team. I grew from Office Manager to Human Resource Manager with 144 employees. Leaning Human Resources with the changing laws was challenging - I had a chance to use my legal background when preparing certifications and licensing in 21 different states. My knowledge from federal government requirements to field personnel problems
My co-workers were all wonderful, caring and thoughtful people who were co-workers that became friends. We had several instances when we bonded as a family and helped each other because we wanted to. It was refreshing to work in that kind of environment..
The hardest part of my job was balancing the workload. The most enjoyable part of this position was watching a small company grow in record time. Everyone rallied when bids were won - which made everyone work harder to continue the growth.